Torture Survivor Rehabilitation Center Honors Professor David Crane

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

St. Paul, MN & Washington, DC– Today the Center for Victims of Torture™ (CVT), an international nongovernmental organization based in Minnesota and dedicated to healing survivors of torture and ending the use of torture worldwide, presented its annual Eclipse Award to Professor David Crane in recognition of his extraordinary efforts in fighting impunity for torture.

Professor Crane, a professor of practice at Syracuse University College of Law, is the founding Chief Prosecutor of the Special Court for Sierra Leone; founder of Impunity Watch, an interactive Web site that operates as both a law review and news reporting site on impunity issues throughout the world.  He also launched the Syracuse University College of Law Syrian Accountability Project, a cooperative effort between activists, nongovernmental organizations, students, and other interested parties to document war crimes and crimes against humanity in the context of the Syrian crisis.

Professor Crane is also co-author of the Chautauqua Blueprint, also known as the “discussion draft” of a “Statute for a Syrian Extraordinary Tribunal to Prosecute Atrocity Crimes.” The Chautauqua Blueprint was signed on August 27, 2013, at the Chautauqua Institution in Upstate New York during a meeting—attended by several chief prosecutors of various international criminal tribunals—about war crimes committed during the ongoing Syrian civil war.

Professor Crane recently served on a panel of experts who authored a detailed report documenting torture and other human rights abuses in Syria. The horrific accounts of torture described in this report are consistent with what CVT is hearing at its healing site in Jordan.

“CVT is delighted to recognize Professor Crane with this year’s Eclipse Award,” said Curt Goering, executive director of CVT. “He is among the world’s preeminent experts on international humanitarian law. Throughout his remarkable career, Professor Crane has made ending of impunity a centerpiece of his efforts and, in doing so, distinguished himself as a global leader in seeking accountability and justice for crimes against humanity."

CVT presents the Eclipse Award each year around June 26 - International Day in Support of Victims of Torture - to an individual or organization that has played a crucial role in the prevention of torture or treatment of torture survivors. June 26 is the day in 1987 when the United Nations Convention Against Torture and Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment went into effect. Events are held around the world to celebrate this special day.

Professor Crane received the Eclipse Award on June 25 in Washington, DC as part of an expert briefing on Fighting Impunity: Combating Torture & Human Trafficking that brought together a group of distinguished experts to focus broadly on principles to fighting impunity—the right to know, the right to justice, the right to reparation, and guarantees of non-recurrence – challenges to implementing these principles in the areas of combating torture, human trafficking, and other gross violations of human rights; and ways to move forward.

The Center for Victims of Torture is a nonprofit headquartered in St. Paul, MN with an office in Washington, D.C. and healing initiatives in Africa and the Middle East. Visit


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