Data on our first 63 cases

Education level of VOTs April 24, 2014 9:09 am

So far, Project Prometheus has offered its services to 63 victims of torture. With the outmost respect to the personal information of our beneficiaries, we believe that useful conclusions can be drawn by examining the features of the cases we have dealt with until now.

Most of the victims in Prometheus Project are in their 30s-40s at the time they reach out for help, while the vast majority of them are male. The beneficiaries come mostly from D.R. Congo, with Turkey, Iran and Afghanistan following. Half of them are single, while it is worth noting that one-third of the victims are university graduates. Almost all of them present health problems, which justifies the high initial request for medical assistance. Only 6 victims have not been arrested in their country of origin, with the most frequent reason for their imprisonment being their political activity. It is important to highlight that no victim has been arrested for illegal actions. Whereas more than two-thirds had been employed in their country, only one-third has managed to find employment in Greece. This is reflected in the choice of employment as the long-term future goal of most of the beneficiaries. Regarding the methods of torture, non-systematic beating and threats against the victim feature as the most frequently used methods of physical and psychological torture respectively.

The aforementioned comments concern solely the cases within the scope of Prometheus and no general conclusions on torture can be drawn based exclusively on these findings. The detailed statistics can be downloaded DATA

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