SG calls on States to provide concrete support for victims of torture

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Human Rights Convention Article 5 bans torture

Human Rights Convention Article 5 bans torture

Twenty-five years after the Convention against Torture went into effect, the cruel and dehumanizing practice remains pervasive and Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon wants states to do more to stop it.

Charles Appel reports on the international day in support of victims of torture observed on 26 June.

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is calling on countries to provide concrete support for victims of torture and prove their commitment to fighting the practice. In his message for the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, Mr. Ban noted that every day, women, men and children are tortured. In some cases he said, it is part of a deliberate state policy of instilling fear and intimidating its population. And Human rights chief Navi Pillay stressed that torture is illegal, under any circumstances, with no exceptions. She said “The victims of torture are, more often than not, ordinary people who belong to already vulnerable sectors of society."

Charles Appel, United Nations

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