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[Press Release] International Day in Support of Victims of Torture: Time to take torture seriously!

June 2015

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Paris, Geneva, on 26 June 2015 – This year again, torture is still being used in more than half the countries in the world. Affecting everyone, torture is at the heart of FIACAT and ACATs concerns in their daily struggle towards the abolition of such practises.

In this endeavour, FIACAT and the ACAT network urged the Luxembourg Government, on the eve of its Presidency of the EU Council, which opens on 1 July 2015, to give efforts to promote human dignity the absolute priority people deserves, in line with the European Union Charter of Fundamental Rights.

FIACAT and ACATs consider it vitally important for the Council of the European Union to reaffirm that torture is unacceptable and illegal, to make every possible effort to ensure that Europe sets an example in the fight against torture, and to bring all the EU’s influence to bear on other countries around the world in order to ensure that they comply with this prohibition. They also call on the Council to provide effective support for programmes for the prevention of torture and the rehabilitation of torture victims, and to guarantee that protection will be afforded to all asylum seekers in Europe who would be exposed to the risk of torture if they were to return to their countries.

This Day in Support of Victims of Torture is also the opportune moment for all to take action during the Night Vigil (http://www.nuitdesveilleurs.com/-Welcome,2-), 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.

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