NCHRO Kerala Chapter commemorates UN Day in Support of Torture Survivors.
26 June 2019
The NCHRO Kerala Chapter has organised the commemoration of the UN Day in Support of Torture Survivors, on Wednesday 26th June 2019 at KP Keshavamenon Hall, Kozhikode. This year’s event reflected on the theme: “Fighting for a World Without Torture”, highlight the plight of victims of torture in India and seek ways to fight against injustice by promoting human rights.
Bindu Ammini (Assistant professor at School of Legal Studies), Nagma Susmi (Trans Activist), A Vasu (Human Rights Activist), Gopal Menon(Documentary Director), Vilayodi Shivankuttty( NCHRO Kerala State President), Dr.Ahmed Muhamed Nadvi(Popular Front of India), Reny Ayline(NCHRO National Secretary), AM Shanawas(NCHRO Kerala State Secretary) was among the dignitaries who spoke on the occasion.
While many countries made significant strides in combatting torture, more and more people are being exposed to becoming victims of Torture. Governments are still using torture to extract information, force confessions, silence dissent or simply as a cruel form of punishment. We need an end to the ongoing human rights violations and accountability for the mass atrocities. Ongoing use of torture as a common tactic is unacceptable and there where NCHRO’s theme: “Fighting for a World Without Torture” is important to strengthening a victim-oriented approach against Torture.
The torture and violence based on religious affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, and caste or tribe are wild in our country. Government failures to address “horrendous acts of mobocracy” extend beyond religious minorities. Because human rights are enshrined in our constitution Governments but as a last resort, Courts are the institution responsible for upholding them. In the many mob lynching cases, the Governments have not even complied with a direction by the Supreme Court. All our constitutional institutions are anti-majoritarian institutions intended to protect the vulnerable, failed to do so.
Mob Atrocities and the same freely uploading into social media is the new norm of fuelling communal acrimony in India. Very often, these fake or real videos coincide with trending political issues in the country. The large majority of these incidents are hate crimes or crimes that target people because of their identity.
Torture and inhuman and degrading treatment violates the very essence of human dignity. It is one of the most serious human rights violations. Yet Toxic dialogues and vicious attacks seems continue therefore “Fighting for a World Without Torture” is an absolute human right.