This Year Theme: TORTURE IN ANY FORM IS A CRIME. PREVENT TORTURE
26-June-2016, Sunday, New Delhi :-
International community annually commemorates the United Nations International Day in Support of Victims of Torture. Every 26 June providing an opportunity for human rights defenders and survivors to speak out against the crime of torture and to remember and support victims and survivors of torture throughout the world.
The NCHRO on Sunday joined the worldwide observance of the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture. In India this year, the NCHRO have adopted the theme: ‘TORTURE IN ANY FORM IS A CRIME. PREVENT TORTURE.”
The focus this year is on "PREVENT TORTURE" since Torture is flourishing because rather than respecting the law by refusing to tolerate torture, governments are either actively using torture, or turning a blind eye and lying about it to their own people and to the world. Torture is widely used as a weapon against dissent, creating a climate of fear.
Although the scale of torture varies among states, a systemic culture of impunity in which perpetrators are rarely punished and justice for victims is elusive is common to all. Perpetrators tend to be powerful state actors including police, military, and security personnel. Leaders fail to condemn these horrific crimes. Judges and police lack the capacity—or the will—to pursue torturers. Victims are isolated and have no trusted, safe place to report torture. And those who pursue justice, accountability, and redress often face the threat of reprisals.
This year’s advocacy activities to commemorate the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture are premised on the main objective of "PREVENT TORTURE" . Laws against torture are in place almost everywhere. Yet we only have to glance at the news to know that laws alone are not enough. Torture is thriving because rather than respecting the law, many governments are either actively using torture or turning a blind eye.
The investigators neither have the power nor showing the responsibility to follow up on whatever crimes they discover; they are not interested in the power to subpoena evidence and testimony especially in the cases of extra judicial killings, riots, genocide, enforced disappearances and crimes against weakest section of the society.
Today’s activities will be followed by a Seminar by NCHRO Kerala Chapter on the theme for the year to be held at 2pm at Raiban Auditorium, Alappuzha (Kerala). Below Link will provide details :-
Commemoration activities will be crowned with a gathering at the Town Hall, Bangalore organized by NCHRO Karnataka Chapter. Below Link will provide details :-
Other activities include poster campaigns and awareness. Apart from English, Posters circulated across the country in other major regional languages like Hindi, Tamil and Malayalam.
In the current climate of instability prevailing in many parts of the world, it is essential to recall the absolute prohibition of torture and other forms of ill-treatment. Crucially, this also entails an obligation of prevention. The preventative role of independent human rights bodies that monitor the treatment of persons deprived of their liberty is now more important than ever. Only by holding our highest government officials accountable for their actions can the people and government restore a condition of mutual respect with the people whose citizens, cultures and religions have been so abused.
One voice can count. Several voices together CAN make a difference. NCHRO continue their efforts for a world free of torture and ill-treatment, in which every person is protected, where victims and their families obtain reparation and where the perpetrators are punished.