30 Apr 2002
United Nations International Day in Support of Vic

The global movement in the work against torture continues to grow. On 26 June this year, the IRCT will coordinate its fifth consecutive global campaign, 'Together against Torture', to commemorate the UN International Day in Support of Victims of Torture. The IRCT is pleased to report that more than 255 organizations in 97 countries joined the campaign last year.

26 June was officially proclaimed as the UN International Day in Support of Victims of Torture (UNGA Res. 52/149) on 12 December 1997 by the UN General Assembly. This resolution promotes the total eradication of torture and the effective functioning of the UN Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, which entered into force on 26 June 1987.

In the current geopolitical environment, it is more important than ever for the whole international community to join together to reaffirm the absolute prohibition of the use of torture and the shared commitment in working towards its eradication.

The IRCT hopes to build on the success of 2001 by supporting local and national efforts to address how countries can improve their human rights record. 

The IRCT provides support to campaign participants each year through a range of materials, including campaign and press kits, T-shirts, caps, pins, and posters. The written campaign materials are available in English, French, Spanish, and Russian, and are posted on the IRCT website to ensure the greatest possible access and use. 

In February this year, the Call for Action 2002 was sent to rehabilitation centres, human rights organizations, lawyers, students, governmental and inter-governmental agencies, and many others, asking them to once again participate in commemorative events on the important UN Day. 

The IRCT gratefully acknowledges the support of the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the EU, and the Oak Foundation, for making this year's campaign possible.

For more information on the campaign, please visit the IRCT website: www.irct.org. 

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