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International Day in support of victims of torture

On 26 June 1987 the Convention against Torture came into force. It was an important step in the much-needed process of globalising human rights and acknowledging that torture, and all forms of inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, are absolutely and universally illegal. In 1997, the United Nations General Assembly decided to mark this historic date and designated 26 June each year as International Day in Support of Victims of Torture.

In the last few years, leaders of the Christian Churches in an increasing number of countries worldwide have encouraged their faithful to become involved in prayer, awareness and action on the occasion of this day of 26 June. They thus show their support for the action undertaken by the ACAT and all other movements against torture.

On behalf of victims of torture, - degraded in their bodies, wounded in their spirits, ravished of their rights -, ACATs and FIACAT welcome the support of the Christian Churches on the occasion of this Day and call on all Christians to show, by prayer and actions, their solidarity with victims of torture, our equals, our sisters and brothers in God.

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