United Nations International Day in Support of Victims of Torture

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2021 DateJune 26, 2021
2022 DateJune 26, 2022
United Nations International Day in Support of Victims of Torture

United Nations International Day in Support of Victims of Torture History

The United Nations International Day in Support of Victims of Torture was proclaimed by the UN’s General Assembly on December 12th of 1997. The observance combats torture around the globe. Although torture is a crime under International Law, it still occurs in many regions. The United Nations encourages countries and states to reinforce the importance of fighting against torture. This day is observed every year on June 26th.

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United Nations International Day in Support of Victims of Torture Facts & Quotes

  • According to humanrightsfirst.org, 25 former interrogators and intelligence professionals from the U.S. military gave a statement in 2014 on the effectiveness of torture. They stated, The application of psychological, emotional, and/or physical pressure can force a victim of torture to say anything just to end the painful experience. The challenge of interrogation is not to make people talk; instead, it is to obtain precise and credible information.
  • The term torture means any act by which severe pain or suffering, whether physical or mental, is intentionally inflicted on a person for such purposes as obtaining from him or a third person information or a confession, punishing him for an act he or a third person has committed or is suspected of having committed, or intimidating or coercing him or a third person, or for any reason based on discrimination of any kind, when such pain or suffering is inflicted by or at the instigation of or with the consent or acquiescence of a public official or other person acting in an official capacity. It does not include pain or suffering arising only from, inherent in or incidental to lawful sanctions - UN Convention against Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment
  • Torturers must never be allowed to get away with their crimes, and systems that enable torture should be dismantled or transformed - UN Secretary-General António Guterres

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United Nations International Day in Support of Victims of Torture - References and Related Sites

UN: International Day in Support of Victims of Torture
www.humanrightsfirst.org: Statement of National Security on Torture

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