The EU's emphasis on action to fight against torture is reflected in its substantial funding of projects by civil society actors around the world. The prevention of torture and the rehabilitation of torture victims constitute a major priority for funding under the European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR).
Over the last 5 years, an average of € 12 million per year has been allocated to funding anti-torture projects, thereby making the EIDHR a leading source of funding for rehabilitation of victims and the prevention of torture worldwide. The themes selected for support are designed to reinforce EU policy and particularly the EU Guidelines on Torture (PDF version), adopted by the Council of the European Union in 2001 and revised in 2008 and 2012. Projects have resulted in increased awareness-raising on the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture (OPCAT), investigation into the supply of torture technology, the development of torture prevention and monitoring networks, and support to the rehabilitation of torture victims and the fight against impunity. In the EIDHR Strategy Paper for 2011-2013, almost 38 M are allocated to support civil society organizations around the world to implement anti- torture actions (€ 12.5 million per year).
Between 2007-10, the EIDHR funded indicatively 80 projects around the world in the field of torture prevention and/or focusing on victim rehabilitation, of which 55 out of Global Call for Proposals. A global Call for proposals (2007-2008; € 22 m.) was launched in 2009 and 22 projects were selected. The 4t of June 2012 a Call for Proposals was launched called "Fighting Impunity", wich is dedicated to supporting civil society actions against torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrating treatment or punishement. The total amount of the call for anti-torture projects is 16.215 millions Euros.