International Day in Support of Victims of Torture
An event every year that begins at 12:00 am on of June, repeating indefinitely
26 June every year: Aiming at the total eradication of torture
The UN General Assembly proclaimed 26 June the United Nations International Day in Support of Victims of Torture in 1997 . The ultimate aim is the total eradication of torture – the date also raises awareness of the international Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, which entered into force on 26 June 1987.
Under international law torture is an absolute crime and cannot be justified under ANY circumstances – yet it is still practised. You can find out more background information about the Day on the UN Observances website.
The following resources are helpful for approaching this sensitive issue in class: