Why we mark 26 June - International Day in Support of Victims of Torture
The UN International Day in Support of Victims of Torture on 26 June marks the moment in 1987 when the UN Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment came into effect.
The use of torture at any time and under any circumstances is absolutely prohibited under international law. Article 14 of the Convention, ratified to date by 159 countries, says that States must ensure that victims obtain redress. This includes the means for as full rehabilitation as possible for all victims, whether adults or children.
Article 39 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child provides that States shall take all appropriate measures to promote physical and psychological recovery and social reintegration of child victims of torture.
The use of torture is still widespread - Thousands of victims and their families are in need of specialized assistance that States often fail to provide.The UN Voluntary Fund for Victims of Torture fills this gap by financially assisting organizations which in turn give direct medical, psychological, humanitarian, social and legal assistance to victims of torture and their family members.
We’ve been helping torture victims for 25 years. 26 June is a day for renewed and increased support to this vital mechanism. It is also a reminder of the ongoing plight of tens of thousands of victims who urgently need help.
In the lead up to 26 June, the UN International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, please share Jorge's message widely on your social networks. Visit our 26 June campaign page to read about and download key messages and other tools that are being uploaded.
Regional Conference:PREVENTION OF TORTURE IN THE BALKAN REGION-SHARING BEST PRACTICES AND EXPERIENCE 23 – 24 June 2016
PREVENTION OF TORTURE IN THE BALKAN REGION-SHARING BEST PRACTICES AND EXPERIENCE
23. – 24. June 2016
Today, almost all European (including the Western Balkans) countries have ratified the UN Convention against Torture (UNCAT). There is greater awareness of the need to enact laws, policies and regulations to monitor places of detention and thus prevent torture. However there is still much more that can be done. Montenegro, Serbia and Albania have ratified the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture and have now in place national preventive mechanisms which operate for the preventive approach of the OPCAT. However, there are concerns that domestic laws may require significant improvement and consolidated case law to be consistent with the Convention and other European instruments. Further work may also be needed to ensure the full implementation of laws that should protect against mistreatment and violence within places of detention.
This Closing Conference, held in partnership with international expertise from YIHR Montenegro, ARCT, YIHR Serbia and IRCT Denmark will provide a neutral space for candid discussion, on a non-attributable basis, about the key challenges to the full implementation of the international principles embodied in the Convention against Torture, best practices on the law enforcement and cooperation with civil society actors with a focus on eliminating torture in places of deprivation of liberties. Through plenary sessions and discussions, participants will share best practices, innovative approaches, challenges and opportunities and seek ways in which to enhance future co-operation at both domestic and regional levels.
The event will provide a forum, on the basis of the provisions of the Convention against Torture, to:
- Explore options for viable solutions to prevent torture within places of detention
- Exchange best practice and lessons learned in the implementation of torture-prevention policies and programs
- Strengthen informal dialogue between key actors in the Balkan region
ARCT is launching its Annual Report on Activities (2015). Main Priorities are as following:Rehabilitation
- Direct Assistance and Rehabilitation to victims of torture and inhuman treatment
- ARCT and High State Audit sign joint Agreement
- ARCT calls for action on Killed and Missing Persons during the communist regime
- Living with Dignity
- Managing Stress in the Primary Health Care
- Albania: Torture and ill-treatment in places of detention
- Preventing torture and ill treatment in Western Balkan countries
- More to Victims - Campaign against Torture
- ARCT submits torture case to European Court of Human Rights
- Recidivism in the Albanian Criminal Justice System
- ARCT continues activities dedicated to Women in Detention
- Monitoring Mental Health System in Albania
- Basic rights violations in vulnerable groups in male prison settings
- Country studies reveal continued concerns for the human rights of women in detention
- Combating Hate crime in Albania
- ARCT sings MoU with Albanian State Police
- ARCT partners with Assist Impact to fight Corruption in detention
- Conference on CPT role in the fight against torture in Europe
- ARCT succeeded to have over 1 million website users.
- Lista e emrave qe kane Torturuar
- MEPs discussed Draft Resolution on Albania
- Antologjia e plageve nen terrorin komunist
- Si i fshihte Sigurimi të vrarët pa gjyq që mbeteshin pa varr. Një rrëfim nga Themi Bare
- Strategic litigation Forum
- Ligji për Dëmshpërblimin e ish të Dënuarve Politikë
- Dekoratat qe mban Enver Hoxha
- Book on Kosovo Refugees
- Denial of Memory: It is Time for Albania to Confront Its Communist Past
- Shqiperia 1945-1990 Diktatura e Proletariatit
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