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[Press Release] June 26th 2009: International Day in Support of Victims of Torture

June 2009

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Paris, June 25th, 2009

On June 26th 1987, the UN Convention against Torture came into force. In 1997, the United Nations General Assembly decided to mark this historic date and designated June 26 each year as the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture.

Today, torture is still carried out in more than half of the countries on the planet. And yet, this practice denies an inviolable right of the human being as well as posing a threat to its physical, mental and moral integrity. It violates the very cornerstone of human rights, human dignity, as proclaimed in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights whose 60th anniversary we celebrated not so long ago.

More than ever, FIACAT (International Federation of Action by Christians for the Abolition of Torture) must be the voice of a strong commitment by Christians to uphold this ban. Nothing and nobody can justify torture.

FIACAT calls on Christian Churches all over the world to speak out publicly and resolutely for a total and unconditional repudiation of torture. There is an urgent need for Christians to reject any argument for legitimising the use of torture

During the night of 27 to 28 June 2007, eleven ACAT- Belgium (French-speaking section), Benin, Canada, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, Senegal, Switzerland and United Kingdom, suggested to Christians of all denominations to celebrate this day by organizing “The Night Prayer Vigil”.
FIACAT supports this symbolic event during which Christians together will focus on the fervent hope of a world free from all forms of torture.

A multilingual website to accompany this night of prayer:

Press Contact:
- Marie-Jo Cocher - +33 1 42 80 01 60 – mj.cocher@fiacat.org

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