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26 June - UN the Day of Solidarity
with the Torture Victims

he General Assembly, recalling council decision 1997/251 of 22 July 1997, in preparing for the 50th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, has decided to proclaim 26 June United Nations International Day in Support of Survivors of Torture, with a view to the total eradication of torture and the effective functioning of the Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment.

No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment. (Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Article 5)

".... torture means any act by which severe pain or suffering, whether physical or mental, is intentionally inflicted by or at the instigation of a public official on a person for such purposes as obtaining from him or a third person information or confession, punishing him for an act he has committed, or intimidating him or other persons." (UN Declaration Against Torture, 1975, Article 1)

"No State may permit or tolerate torture or other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment. Exceptional circumstances such as a state of war or a threat of war, internal political instability or any other public emergency may not be invoked as a justification of torture or other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment." (UN Declaration on the Protection of All Persons from Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, 1975, Article 3)

Torture is the deliberate, systematic or wanton infliction of physical or mental suffering by one or more persons acting alone or on the orders of any authority, to force another person to yield information, to make a confession, or for any other reason. (World Medical Association, Tokyo Declaration, 1975).

TORTURE IS A CRIME AGAINST HUMANITY . Neither the situation of a war, nor instability of a country nor any other extraordinary situation can justify torture. Sadly is true that in many countries of the world officials apply torture, in a significant number of countries torture is systematic and in more than 80 countries people die as a result of torture.

We live in a world where torture is practiced in more often than we can imagine. Around 100 countries and thousands of innocent people – men, women and children – are subjected to torture, whether institutional or domestic. The UN International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, 26 June, gives us an opportunity to talk about this sad reality, reflect to this illegal and cruel acts and strongly insist: "Stop Torture. Now!"

We propose and encourage you to move our communities and friends, people of good will, to make some concrete and sensitive public signs answering this day in Support of Victims of Torture. We can use pictures, posters, collect written materials or articles about these sad events, to organize peaceful civic celebrations and, of course, a moment of prayer in our communities or parishes.

We believe that injustices like torture and so for, need our united voices and opinions in order to reaffirm international society’s condemnation of the governments which allow torture to happen.

“For we are God's lineage!” (Act 17,28)

States which have NOT RATIFIED the UN Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment: 60 States (10 October 2003)
Andorra; Angola; Bahamas; Barbados; Bhutan; Brunei Darussalam; Central African Republic; Comoros; Cook Islands; Dominica; Dominican Republic; Eritrea; Fiji; Gambia; Grenada; Guinea-Bissau; Haiti; India; Iran, Iraq; Jamaica; Kiribati; Korea, Laos; Liberia; Madagascar; Malaysia; Maldives; Marshall Islands; Mauritania; Micronesia, Federated States of; Myanmar; Nauru; Nicaragua; Oman; Pakistan; Palau; Papua New Guinea; Rwanda; Saint Kitts and Nevis; Saint Lucia; Samoa; San Marino; Sao Tome and Principe; Singapore; Solomon Islands; Sudan; Suriname; Swaziland; Syria; Tanzania, Thailand; Tonga; Trinidad and Tobago; Tuvalu; United Arab Emirates; Vanuatu; Vietnam; Zimbabwe

Websites for know and understand more:

Action des Chrétiens pour l´Abolition de la Torture (ACAT) http://www.acat.asso.fr/

Amnesty International http://www.amnesty.org/

Women's World Summit Foundation (WWSF) http://www.woman.ch/home.asp

Assistance Centre for Torture Survivors (ACET) http://www.acet-bg.org/e/index.htm

Behandlungszentrum für Folteropfer Ulm http://www.bfu-ulm.de/

Center for Victims of Torture (CVT) http://www.cvt.org/main.php

Centre for Rehabilitation and the Abolition of Torture http://www.bannet.org/2-3crtv.htm

Grupo Tortura Nunca Mais do Rio de Janeiro (GTNM/RJ) http://www.torturanuncamais-rj.org.br/default.asp

Instituto de Terapia e Investigación sobre las Secuelas de la Tortura http://www.redsalud-ddhh.dm.cl/itei.htm

International Catholic Migration Commission (ICMC) http://www.icmc.net/docs/en/

International Federation of Action by Christians for the Abolition of Torture (FIACAT) www.fiacat.org

International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims (IRCT) www.irct.org

Human Rights Watch http://www.hrw.org/

Medical Rehabilitation Center for Torture Victims (MRCT) http://www.mrct.org/en/index.html

Medici Contro la Tortura http://web.tiscali.it/obiezione/medicicontrotortura/

Nürnberger Menschenrechtszentrum http://www.menschenrechte.org/index.htm

Unimondo http://unimondo.oneworld.net/article/archive/2151/760

Survivors of Torture International http://www.notorture.org/

The Arab Commission for Human Rights (ACHR) http://home.swipnet.se/~w-79939/wiae.htm