International Day in Support of Victims of Torture

In the US, on the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, A Glimmer of Hope Amidst the Hypocrisy

29.6.11

At the weekend, to mark the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, which takes place on June 26 each year, President Obama issued an extraordinary statement, declaring support for those working to eradicate the use of torture, and explaining that “[t]orture and abusive treatment violate our most deeply held values,” that they “do […]

US Supreme Court Refuses to Allow Abu Ghraib Torture Victims to Sue Military Contractors

28.6.11

With what can only come across as cynical timing, the US Supreme Court on Monday, the day after the UN International Day in Support of the Victims of Torture, declined without comment to take up a lawsuit filed on behalf of 250 Iraqis — formerly prisoners at the notorious Abu Ghraib prison near Baghdad, home […]

Rights Groups Tell Obama: Reward Those Who Opposed America’s Use of Torture in the “War on Terror”

20.6.11

In a significant gesture in the run-up to the UN International Day in Support of the Victims of Torture, which takes place on June 26, and was inaugurated in 1998, on the 11th anniversary of the ratification of the UN Convention Against Torture, ten human rights groups in the US, including the ACLU, Amnesty International, […]

Come to a Public Rally on the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, Trafalgar Square, June 26, 2011

19.6.11

“This is a day on which we pay our respects to those who have endured the unimaginable. This is an occasion for the world to speak up against the unspeakable.” Kofi Annan, former UN Secretary General On Sunday June 26, 2011, the International Day in Support of the Victims of Torture, I’ll be speaking in […]

Obama’s Moral Bankruptcy Regarding Torture

29.6.10

Saturday was the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, established twelve years ago to mark the day, in 1987, when the UN Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Punishment or Treatment came into force, but you wouldn’t have found out about it through the mainstream US media. No editorials or […]

Calling for US Accountability on the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture

27.6.10

Yesterday was the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, established by the United Nations General Assembly in December 1997, to mark the ratification of the UN Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment on June 26, 1987. As UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan explained on June 26, 1998 (when […]

Amnesty International Blasts Obama for Delays and Injustice on Human Rights, Guantánamo and Terrorism

26.6.10

To mark the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, I have an article published on Truthout (which I’ll be publishing here tomorrow) and have just posted an article featuring statements by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and other UN experts, but in the meantime I thought this was a good opportunity to mark the […]

UN Secretary-General and Torture Experts Issue Statements on International Day in Support of Victims of Torture

26.6.10

23 years ago, on June 26, 1987, the UN Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Punishment or Treatment came into force, and since its 11th anniversary, on June 26, 1998, it has been commemorated as the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture. A long-cherished dream of those who opposed the […]

Never Forget: The International Day in Support of Victims of Torture

26.6.09

Eleven years ago, the United Nations designated June 26 as the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture. Then-Secretary General Kofi Annan explained, “This is a day on which we pay our respects to those who have endured the unimaginable. This is an occasion for the world to speak up against the unspeakable. It […]

International Day in Support of the Victims of Torture

26.6.07

Today marks the 20th anniversary of the day that the 1984 Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment came into force. Since 1998, it has been marked by the UN as the International Day in Support of the Victims of Torture, although there is, alas, little to celebrate. As UN […]

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