In the modern civilized world, there is an absolute ban on torture and the inhuman treatment of people. But often this prohibition is violated – both by individuals and entire states. International Day in Support of Victims of Torture is a holiday started by the UN. It is meant to remind humanity that torture is a crime and a violation of human rights, and that torturers deserve serious punishment. Also on this day, people support all those who suffered from torture and ill-treatment and honor them for their courage.
International Day in Support of Victims of Torture was declared by the UN in 1997 (December). The date – June 26 – was not chosen by chance. On 26 June 1945, the Charter of the Organization was signed by 51 states. The Convention against Torture came in to force on 26 June 1987.
The first International Day in Support of Victims of Torture was held in 1998. Since then, the holiday has been celebrated annually by holding various events in UN member states. Photo exhibitions are organized, information materials are distributed, seminars, conferences, theatrical performances, and street processions are held.
Today, the Convention against Torture has been ratified in 162 countries of the world.
How to take part
You can celebrate this holiday together with activists who oppose torture and ruthless treatment of people.
- Tell about this holiday in your social networks.
- Take part in activities dedicated to this day.
- Print campaign posters or design your own.
- If you know someone who has been abused, find out if that person needs support. Remember, domestic violence also includes acts defined as torture and inhuman treatment.
When is International Day in Support of Victims of Torture celebrated in 2023?
International Day in Support of Victims of Torture is observed on June 26 each year.