INTERNATIONAL DAY IN SUPPORT OF VICTIMS OF TORTURE: JUNE 26, 2014

 

INTERNATIONAL DAY IN SUPPORT OF VICTIMS OF TORTURE

Quick Facts

The United Nations’ (UN) International Day in Support of Victims of Torture is annually observed on June 26 to remind people that human torture is not only unacceptable – it is also a crime.

Local names

Name Language
International Day in Support of Victims of Torture English
Día Internacional en Apoyo de las Víctimas de la Tortura Spanish
היום הבינלאומי לתמיכה בקורבנות עינויים Hebrew
يوم الأمم المتحدة الدولي لمساندة ضحايا التعذيب Arabic
고문 피해자의 지원에 유엔 국제 날 Korean
Internationaler Tag zur Unterstützung der Folteropfer German

International Day in Support of Victims of Torture 2014

Thursday, June 26, 2014

International Day in Support of Victims of Torture 2015

Friday, June 26, 2015

The United Nations’ (UN) International Day in Support of Victims of Torture is annually observed on June 26 to remind people that human torture is not only unacceptable – it is also a crime.

UN International Day in Support of Victims of Torture

The UN’s International Day in Support of Victims of Torture serves as a reminder to people that human torture is a crime.

©iStockphoto.com/ Ryan Klos

What do people do?

Rehabilitation centers and human rights organizations around the world celebrate the UN’s International Day in Support of Victims of Torture on June 26 each year. The day serves as a reminder to people that torture is a crime. This event gives everyone a chance to unite and voice their opinions against human torture.

Organizations, including the International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims and Amnesty International, have played an active role in organizing events around the world to promote the day. Activities may include: photo exhibitions; the distribution of posters and other material to boost people’s awareness of issues related to human torture; and television advertisements.

Public life

The International Day in Support of Victims of Torture is not a public holiday and public life is not affected.

Background

On June 26, 1987, the Convention against Torture came into force. It was an important step in the process of globalizing human rights and acknowledging that torture and inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment should be universally illegal. 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.

The first International Day in Support of Victims of Torture was held on June 26, 1998. It was a day when the United Nations appealed to all governments and members of civil society to take action to defeat torture and torturers everywhere. That same year marked the 50th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which proclaims that “no one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment”.

Symbols

The United Nations’ logo is often associated with marketing and promotional material for this event. It features a projection of a world map (less Antarctica) centered on the North Pole, enclosed by olive branches. The olive branches are a symbol for peace, and the world map represents all the people of the world. The logo appears in colors such as black on a white or light yellow background.

International Day in Support of Victims of Torture Observances

 

Weekday Date Year Name Holiday type Where it is observed
Fri Jun 26 1998 International Day in Support of Victims of Torture United Nations observance
Sat Jun 26 1999 International Day in Support of Victims of Torture United Nations observance
Mon Jun 26 2000 International Day in Support of Victims of Torture United Nations observance
Tue Jun 26 2001 International Day in Support of Victims of Torture United Nations observance
Wed Jun 26 2002 International Day in Support of Victims of Torture United Nations observance
Thu Jun 26 2003 International Day in Support of Victims of Torture United Nations observance
Sat Jun 26 2004 International Day in Support of Victims of Torture United Nations observance
Sun Jun 26 2005 International Day in Support of Victims of Torture United Nations observance
Mon Jun 26 2006 International Day in Support of Victims of Torture United Nations observance
Tue Jun 26 2007 International Day in Support of Victims of Torture United Nations observance
Thu Jun 26 2008 International Day in Support of Victims of Torture United Nations observance
Fri Jun 26 2009 International Day in Support of Victims of Torture United Nations observance
Sat Jun 26 2010 International Day in Support of Victims of Torture United Nations observance
Sun Jun 26 2011 International Day in Support of Victims of Torture United Nations observance
Tue Jun 26 2012 International Day in Support of Victims of Torture United Nations observance
Wed Jun 26 2013 International Day in Support of Victims of Torture United Nations observance
Thu Jun 26 2014 International Day in Support of Victims of Torture United Nations observance
Fri Jun 26 2015 International Day in Support of Victims of Torture United Nations observance
Sun Jun 26 2016 International Day in Support of Victims of Torture United Nations observance
Mon Jun 26 2017 International Day in Support of Victims of Torture United Nations observance
Tue Jun 26 2018 International Day in Support of Victims of Torture United Nations observance
Wed Jun 26 2019 International Day in Support of Victims of Torture United Nations observance
Fri Jun 26 2020 International Day in Support of Victims of Torture United Nations observance

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