International Day in Support of Victims of Torture - 26 June.

Every year on June 26th, the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture speaks out against the crime of torture. The day also honors and supports the victims and survivors of torture.

Torture occurs when someone intentionally inflicts pain on a person. The act is considered a crime against humanity. While international law prohibits the use of torture, many countries still use methods of torture. Some of the countries where torture is most common include:

  • Sri Lanka
  • Iran
  • Afghanistan
  • Eritrea
  • Democratic Republic of Congo
  • Sudan
  • Ethiopia
  • Iraq
  • Turkey
  • Syria

Survivors of torture often experience long-term psychological problems. Clinically, therapists define the resulting health issues as trauma, anxiety, and depression. However, some victims live in constant fear and have regular panic attacks and nightmares. Their symptoms may lead to a diagnosis of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Some victims of torture may even experience physical symptoms, such as chronic pain, headaches, and respiratory problems.

In 1948, the UN General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. As part of this declaration, the international community condemned torture and other inhumane treatment. In 1975, the UN adopted the Declaration on the Protection of All Persons from Being Subjected to Torture and Other Cruel, Inhumane, or Degrading Treatment or Punishment. Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, they made further progress in enforcing the prohibition of torture. In December of 1997, the General Assembly proclaimed June 26th as the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture.

2022 Theme: "Torture: a crime against humanity".

Source: www.un.org


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