This year’s UN Day also commemorates the 15th anniversary of the entry into force of the UN Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment or Punishment (26 June 1987).
The UN Convention is one of the most important international human rights instruments governing the responsibilities of Governments in preventing torture. Yet, it remains the least ratified of the six core international human rights treaties, with only 129 States having ratified.
"The convention is the most comprehensive framework against torture. The challenge for civil society is to persuade every government worldwide to make the commitment to eradicate torture by both ratifying and implementing the UN Convention against Torture, without exception’, said Dr Modvig.
The United Nations General Assembly officially proclaimed 26 June as the UN International Day in Support of Victims of Torture (UNGA Resolution 52/149) on 12 December 1997.
‘Together against Torture’ is supported by the Royal Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, the European Union, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, and the Oak Foundation.
The IRCT is an independent, international health professional organisation which promotes and supports the rehabilitation of torture victims, and works for the prevention of torture worldwide.
For further information, please contact:
Media Co/ordinator Poul Struve Nielsen, +45 33 76 06 49 or + 45 23 34 55 09.
The IRCT is an independent, international health professional organisation that promotes and supports the rehabilitation of torture victims and the prevention of torture through nearly 200 rehabilitation centres and programs around the world.