The United Nations International Day in Support of Victims of Torture serves as an annual reminder of the absolute prohibition on the use of torture, one of the most abhorrent acts of human cruelty. It stands as a symbol of solidarity and support for the victims and survivors of these inhumane acts. The United Nations International Day in Support of Victims of Torture aims to emphasize the essential need for rehabilitation and restitution for those who have suffered the physical and psychological effects of torture.
Historically, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment in 1984. By observing this day, people in India, a signatory since 1997, should be aware of their country's commitment to eradicate such acts and to ensure access to justice for victims. India, as a progressive democratic nation, has made strides in advancing human rights; however, instances of custodial torture and illegal detention still surface. This Observance is a clarion call for Indian citizens to stand against such atrocities and work together towards eradicating all forms of impunity for torturers.
In India, various activities are held to draw attention to the devastating effects of torture on its victims, often led by NGOs and human rights groups. Events include workshops, seminars, and panel discussions that create awareness and explore the ways to address this grave issue. These activities aim at reminding people of India that they are a part of a larger international community, committed to eradicating torture and supporting its victims. In line with the international community, the United Nations International Day in Support of Victims of Torture is observed annually on June 26.
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References and related sitesUN: International Day in Support of Victims of Torture humanrightsfirst.org: Statement of National Security on Torture