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[Press release] FIACAT celebrates 30 years of the United Nations Convention against Torture

June 2014

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International Day in Support of Victims of Torture:

FIACAT celebrates 30 years
of the United Nations Convention against Torture

Paris, Geneva, 26 June 2014 – 2014 marks the thirtieth anniversary of the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment adopted by the United Nations on 10 December 1984.

Since its entry into force on 26 June 1987, 155 States have ratified or acceded to this Convention. Unfortunately, far too many States have still not acceded to this text, and many States Parties still practice torture and mistreatment.

FIACAT and the ACATs, who fight every day for the abolition of torture, strongly urge all States to:

  • Prevent torture by ensuring respect for all human rights, by training government agents, by cooperating with international and regional institutions and by making their populations aware of torture and other forms of cruel, inhuman and degrading punishment or treatment;
  • Condemn any act of torture by criminalising it in their legislation, by systematically prosecuting those responsible for acts of torture and by fighting against impunity;
  • Support victims of torture and ill-treatment by offering them protection and by putting into place mechanisms for reparation and compensation.

Pope Francis, as part of his Angelus on Sunday 22 June 2014, called attention to the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture on 26 June and reiterated his "firm condemnation of all forms of torture". He invited "Christians to oblige themselves to work together for its abolition and to support victims and their families" and affirmed that "torturing people is a mortal sin, a very grave sin".

This Day in Support of Victims of Torture is the opportune moment for all Christians to answer Pope Francis’ call and fight for the abolition of torture. As such, the ACAT network is mobilising during the Night Vigil (www.nuitdesveilleurs.com), organised for the night of 26 to 27 June 2014, and invites believers worldwide to support those who suffer at the hands of torturers through actions and prayers.http://www.nuitdesveilleurs.com/

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