Together with the Centre for Peace Studies, the Center for Mental Health and Human Rights in Zagreb, Croatia, commemorated the UN International Day by publicly presented the idea of establishing a Commission for Truth and Reconciliation in Croatia.
Representatives from victims' organizations, human rights organizations, civic initiatives, and religious organizations discussed experiences gained from the Chilean Commission for Truth and Reconciliation.
More general topics that were also presented included the impact of socio/political reconciliation processes on the rehabilitation of torture victims.
... because I am fourteen
It is hard for me to write about torture because I am only fourteen now. I do not want to think about it, because I am only fourteen. I have to think about it – my town and its people were tortured. That is why we have become known all over the world.
My town was tortured but not killed. They tried to kill the Danube and Vuka, but they did not succeed.
How could they kill the hearts of my town? Two rivers, like sisters: one old, one young. They tortured them with bombs and bullets.
But they are still flowing, and their hearts are still beating. They tried to kill the trees and grass, but they were not able to.
How could they kill the lungs of my town? They tortured them with fire and black smoke, but they are still breathing. I am back in Vukovar after all these years. I can still see tortured streets, houses, schools, churches …
I feel freedom and peace, but deep down in my heart, I cannot forgive because I am only fourteen.
(Essay written by primary school children in Vukovar and presented to the Center for Mental Health and Human Rights in Zagreb, Croatia)
In Zagreb, Croatia, IRCT/Zagreb commemorated the UN International Day with various activities to raise public awareness of the existence of torture in Croatia.
On 26 June, a public lecture entitled "Pathology through the generations or pathology of reality" was given, and the book "Torture immersed into the war" was officially launched.
IRCT/Zagreb also presented press materials to other professionals working in the same field, and widely distributed campaign T/shirts, posters, and pins.
A series of postcards illustrating the common theme "Together against Torture" was also produced, and several open discussion forums were organized for torture survivors.
Photographs (on the IRCT website): These postcards with the common theme "Together against Torture" were produced and distributed by IRCT/Zagreb to commemorate the UN International Day in Zagreb, Croatia. For further information, visit the IRCT website: