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Early assessment of mental health and options for documentation of torture in newly arrived asylum seekers 

Early assessment of mental health and options for documentation of torture in newly arrived asylum seekers
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Early assessment of mental health and options for documentation of torture in newly arrived asylum seekers
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Nora Sveaass

, and Birgit Lie

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780198833741.003.0046
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date: 18 May 2021

This chapter describes experiences regarding early health assessment of persons seeking protection in a new society, and discusses these in relation to existing research. as well as to policies and recommendations from states, academia, and civil-society organizations. Early identification and documentation of torture and other human rights violations with regard to follow-up, protection needs, right to reparation, and access to justice are touched upon. There is a growing acknowledgement of the importance of early assessment of health and early identification of health-related problems in persons exposed to ongoing and serious stress. We will argue that this should also be understood in terms of international obligations to provide health care and other forms of redress to persons subjected to torture and ill treatment. States receiving refugees and asylum seekers must consider good health assessments and services to persons seeking protection, as part of their human rights obligations, as well as good and sound public health approach.

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