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The International Day in Support of Torture Victims, or June 26, is a day created by the United Nations General Assembly to demonstrate solidarity to all whose mind, body or spirit have been impacted by torture.

History

The United Nations General Assembly selected June 26 to honor June 26, 1987, the day the Convention against Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment came into effect. The convention was created to reaffirm that the equal and inalienable rights of the human family are the foundation of freedom, justice, and peace in the world.

Commemoration

In past years, Survivors of Torture, International [1] has commemorated June 26 by hosting events in the United States city of San Diego, California. Past events have included keynote addresses from Judge Baltasar Garzón of Spain and John Conroy, author of Unspeakable Acts, Ordinary People. SURVIVORS has also marked the day by screening the film, They Come at Night, and collaborating with the Museum of Photographic Arts in its exhibit, "Speak Truth to Power."

In Asia the Asian Human Rights Commission holds regional events every year. Anti Torture networks in various Asian countries that still suffer from the widespread use of torture are holding rallies and public events.

Quotation

This is a day on which we pay our respects to those who have endured the unimaginable. This is an occasion for the world to speak up against the unspeakable. It is long overdue that a day be dedicated to remembering and supporting the many victims and survivors of torture around the world. United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan [2]

Bosnia and Herzegovina

On July 16th, 2009 International Day in Support of Torture Victims is chosen as public holiday in Bosnia and Herzegovina. [1]

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References

es:Día Internacional en Apoyo de las Víctimas de la Tortura fr:Journée internationale contre la torture he:היום הבינלאומי לתמיכה בקורבנות עינויים ru:Международный день в поддержку жертв пыток ta:சித்திரவதைக்கு ஆளானோருக்கான சர்வதேச ஆதரவு நாள் uk:Міжнародний день у підтримку жертв катувань zh:支持酷刑受害者國際日

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