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[Press release] International Day of Support for Torture Victims

June 2010

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June 26th 2010

« Torture is still widely spread and some methods equivalent to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatments have been used, in particular in the context of the war on terror that started after the events of September 11th, 2001 [1]” warn UN bodies experts involved in preventing torture and helping its victims.

On June 26th 2010, on the occasion of the International Day of Support for Torture Victims created by the United Nations, FIACAT and its network invite Christians all over the world to join in prayer for their tortured brothers and sisters by participating in the “Night Prayer Vigil” (http://www.nuitdesveilleurs.fr/en/0/ACAT-The-Night-Vigil).

Each time a man is humiliated, tortured, despised, it is the entire human family who is being harmed. “The body is a unit, though it is made up of many parts; and though all its parts are many, they form one body.” Paul tells us (1, Corinthians 12).Whenever a member of the body of Christ suffers, all the others suffer too. Those who are subjected to torture are first and foremost members of the human family, they are all God’s children because he “created man in his own image” (Genesis 1, 27). The “Night Prayer Vigil” is a symbolic initiative carrying the breath of a hope of a world free from all forms of torture.

Alongside the globalization of prayer, the globalization of action must take place. Following the steps of Christ, tortured, dead and resuscitated, the archetypal symbol of the passage from death to life, from imprisonment to freedom, from suffering to the release from pain, Christians are therefore also called to cooperate to the protection of human rights, work for the abolition of torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment in time of peace and in case of war, and also for the universal abolition of the death penalty, and to remember and support victims of torture and of the death penalty and their relatives.

Press contact :

- Marie-Jo Cocher - +331 4280 0160


[1] The UN Committee against Torture, the Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture, the Special Rapporteur on Torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatments, the Board of Trustees of the United Nations Voluntary Fund for Victims of Torture

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