On 26 June 2002, more than 285 events in 95 countries were held as part of the global campaign, ’Together against Torture’.
The events, all of which are directly supported by the International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims (IRCT), based in Denmark, are being organised by rehabilitation centres, together with human rights organisations, legal organisations, student organisations, media organisations, and governmental agencies.
IRCT Secretary General, Dr Jens Modvig, said:
‘Since September 11 last year, we all live in an increasingly insecure world. It is more and more apparent to civil society everywhere that the best weapon against the war against terror is a strong platform founded on respect for human rights, and this includes the right to freedom from torture.
This is the message that is being conveyed to the world’s governments today, as civil society comes together in more than 95 countries around the world, as they come together to show their support for a world without torture’.
The range of 26 June events were as diverse as human society itself. In Aceh, Indonesia, blood donors will receive a special commemorative pin.
In Nigeria, the Niger Delta Torture Relief Centre will provide free treatment to torture victims and counselling to their relatives in order to help more torture victims to find the courage to seek support. In Pakistan, a special education kit will be given to Afghan refugee children aged four to ten in refugee camps in and around Islamabad.
The range of events can be seen on www.irct.org