Human Rights Foundation of Turkey is a human rights organization established in 1990 that focuses on treatment, rehabilitation, documentation and eradication of torture and other ill-treatment. Since its establishment, HRFT has provided treatment and rehabilitation services to more than 18.000 torture survivors and their relatives in Turkey.
During the project, 30 years of archives have been reevaluated, restructured and updated to better suit the developments in the human rights field. Then with a focus on torture victims and people working in the field, a new information strategy has been established which was followed by the design and development of the website.
The website can be accessed via https://tihv.org.tr/
UX - UI Design
TİHV - Türkiye İnsan Hakları Vakfı
HRFT - Human Rights Foundation of Turkey
"Torture is practiced in more than 90% of all countries in all regions of the world; big or small, dictatorship or democracy."
- International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims
Human Rights Foundation of Turkey is a human rights organization established in 1990, 10 years after the military coup in 1980.
HRFT focuses on treatment, rehabilitation, documentation, and eradication of torture and other ill-treatment. Since its establishment, HRFT has provided treatment and rehabilitation services to more than 18.000 torture survivors and their relatives in Turkey. HRFT adopts a holistic treatment approach and abides by the “well-being” definition of the World Health Organization, which includes the physical, psychological and social well-being of an individual. The Foundation has four treatment centers in Istanbul, Izmir, Ankara, and Diyarbakir, and two reference centers in Cizre and Van.
In addition to its treatment and rehabilitation efforts, HRFT also operates effective documentation, investigation, and prevention of torture. HRFT played a pioneering role in the preparation of the “UN Manual on the Effective Investigation and Documentation of Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment”, commonly known as “the Istanbul Protocol”. HRFT regularly organizes the Istanbul Protocol training for health and medical professionals within Turkey and abroad. In 2000, HRFT published the “Torture Atlas”, along with the Association of Forensic Medicine Specialists and Turkish Medical Association. The Torture Atlas is the only document of its kind focusing on the medical documentation of torture.
Since its establishment, HRFT has conducted lobbying and advocacy efforts to contribute to the establishment of effective mechanisms for monitoring and prevention of torture. Since 2000, HRFT has been organizing symposiums and panels on collective trauma, within the scope of its “truth, justice and reparation” approach.
With this agenda in mind, the website redesign project of the Foundation started with the evaluation of the current archive that was crucial for the human rights movement in Turkey. Together with the team, we went through all the data and updated the outdated ones to better fit current needs. We questioned how to deliver this data to professionals working in the field. We also worked on coming up with better interactions for torture victims to contact and get assistance from the foundation when needed. The outcomes of questionaries and one-on-one interviews with the stakeholders helped us to develop a solid strategy for the following phases. Based on the strategy established and agreed upon, a new interface has been designed and developed to create a usable and vivid website for HRFT - TİHV.
During the project, my role was co-development of the strategy, design and development of the visual interface of the website.