“FIGHTING FOR A WORLD WITHOUT TORTURE”, NCHRO to launch Campaign for 26 June 2019 Anti-Torture Day.
On June 26, 1987, the United Nations Convention against Torture came into force. A decade later, to eradicate torture worldwide and assure the effective implementation of the Convention, the UN General Assembly officially proclaimed June 26 as the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture.
“FIGHTING FOR A WORLD WITHOUT TORTURE” is the NCHRO theme for this year’s 26 June Anti-Torture Day Campaign. Opposing torture has long been a major programme of NCHRO right from the early years.
The protection against torture is an absolute and non-derogable right. But it is being undermined, marked by a growing acceptance of torture.
There can never be a justification for torture—ever—and that it is the responsibility of every state to prevent it from happening. Yet it is a cruel reality that torture continues with impunity all over the globe, often at the hands of those at the highest levels of governments including our own.
The torture of individuals remains a brazen human rights abuse that mocks our governance. At a time when the absolute prohibition of torture is routinely challenged across the globe, It is time for the human rights movements to speak out and demand ‘FOR A WORLD WITHOUT TORTURE’. Also, we have to ensure that all victims of torture are able to access a remedy and obtain redress. The long-term effects of torture last a lifetime without proper care. People crumble after torture, to rebound and survive, caring support and companionship is vital.
NCHRO has released the campaign posters in English, Hindi, Urdu, Bengali, Assamese, Malayalam, Kannada, Telugu, etc. which we hope will be used widely in activities and events, both on 26 June 2019 and in the run-up to the day. NCHRO Goa Chapter and Kerala Chapter organises an event in the framework of the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture.