Right to Rehabilitation (R2R) the theme for 26 June 2015
Every year, the United Nations International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, on 26 June, gives us the opportunity to stand united and remind the world that torture is a cruel violation of human rights.
Right to Rehabilitation (R2R) has been chosen as the theme for the 26 June 2015 campaign to allow the IRCT movement to showcase the vital role it plays in ensuring as many torture survivors as possible have access to the rehabilitation they need and have a right to.
IRCT members and their friends provide much needed rehabilitation services to torture survivors in over 70 countries. However, they can help only a fraction of those who have been tortured, as the need for rehabilitation far exceeds the capacity of rehabilitation centres. The vast majority of survivors of torture are forced to cope with their trauma alone.
This trauma reaches far beyond the direct victims and in some instances, where torture has been used in a systematic and widespread manner, whole societies are affected. Providing holistic rehabilitation and redress to survivors of torture and trauma can help heal the effects of torture and therefore help reconstruct broken societies. The aim of rehabilitation is to empower torture survivors to rebuild their life. This is why the R2R is more important than ever.
This 26 June, we are calling on all rehabilitation centres to make R2R the focal point of their activities, to promote the vital work they do in providing rehabilitation, and to pressure governments into meeting their responsibility to make R2R a reality in their country.
26 June Campaign Kit available
The IRCT has prepared a range of campaign materials to support your local campaign. This year’s Campaign Kit includes the theme brochure, a campaign guide, a poster and logos and the global reading.
Survivor and caregiver stories
The IRCT has gathered some stories about the experiences of torture survivors and victims to put a face to torture victims and reclaim their need for and right to rehabilitation – a right guaranteed under the UN Convention against Torture.
Subscribe to the 26 June mailing list to keep up to date about the campaign. For any enquiries about the theme or for further information contact 26june[at]irct.org.