The exhibition aimed to raise awareness about the importance of healing for all those who have suffered psychological impacts from violence, and to foster participation among networks in order to develop a support system. It also raised awareness of the importance of effective legal and institutional frameworks for implementing fundamental human rights principles such as torture prevention and prohibition to enable a fair and effective justice system.

 The United Nations Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman, or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (UNCAT) provides a framework for States to strengthen legislative, policy, and administrative measures to ensure that procedures are taken to prevent and prohibit the crime of torture, including guidelines for investigating, prosecuting, and resolving allegations of torture and other ill-treatment. In Thailand, the Prevention and Suppression of Torture and Enforced Disappearance Act was recently passed, but its enforcement is still pending.

Duayjai Group has researched the psychological and social impacts on victims of abuses and tortures and their families and discovered that anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder made it impossible for them to reclaim their former lives and also affected their livelihoods. 

The exhibition run from 5-17 September 2023, at 4th Floor, Bangkok Art and Culture Center and carried out opening of the exhibition at SEAJunction on 5 September, 2023.

Photo credit: Kelly Khin