International Day in Support of Victims of Torture to be marked across the globe25-06-2012
Tomorrow, 26th June 2012, will see hundreds of organisations all over the world mark the UN International Day in Support of Victims of Torture.
The day also marks the 25th anniversary of the coming into effect of the United Nations Convention against Torture on 26th June 1987.
As of today, more than 83 organisations have notified the International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims - the global umbrella body for around 150 rehabilitation centres in over 70 countries – of their plans to mark the day with events ranging from rallies, workshops, demonstrations and seminars.
With the theme, “Rehabilitation works, and is a torture survivors right,” the IRCT is using the day to remind governments of their responsibilities towards victims of torture as outlined in the UN Convention.
Holistic rehabilitation, as provided by IRCT members globally, includes medical, psychological, legal and vocational support to survivors of torture.
Article 14 of the United Nations Convention Against Torture expressly provides that States should make compensation to torture survivors an enforceable right, including the means for as full rehabilitation as possible. It adds a fundamental element to the fight against torture by explicitly recognising that rehabilitation has to form part of the response to torture.
Brita Sydhoff, Secretary-General of the IRCT said: “Each year over 100,000 survivors of torture receive treatment from IRCT members all over the world. But there are many more who go without the rehabilitation that is their need and their right. Together, we must work to increase our reach in order to bring healing to the greater numbers who suffer, often in silence.”
“And together on this UN International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, we affirm the right of survivors of torture to rehabilitation. We take the opportunity to remind governments all over the world to take seriously their responsibilities to ensure as full a rehabilitation as possible from this most horrendous form of abuse.
We remind the world that rehabilitation is a right. We remind the world that rehabilitation works,” added Sydhoff.
To find out how the day is being marked by organisations around the world, click here.
Scott McAusland, IRCT Head of Communications
Tel: +45 29 37 50 10
About The International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims
The International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims is an independent non-profit global organisation with a membership of 144 rehabilitation centres in 73 countries and with over 25 years' experience.
The work of the IRCT is threefold:
• Rehabilitation of torture victims and their families
• Ensuring victims' access to justice
• Eradication of torture