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Secretary-General, in Message for International Day, Urges Concerted Action
To End Torture Worldwide, Provide Victims with Reparations
Following is UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s message for the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, to be observed on 26 June:
As we mark the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, I call on Member States to step up efforts to assist all those who have suffered from torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.
This year is also the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Committee against Torture. This body — along with other United Nations human rights mechanisms, such as the Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture and the Special Rapporteur on Torture — is vital to strengthening a victim-oriented approach that also includes a gender perspective. This effort was further strengthened by the adoption this year of a United Nations Human Rights Council resolution focusing on the rehabilitation of torture victims.
I urge all Member States to accede to and fully implement the Convention against Torture and support the United Nations Voluntary Fund for Victims of Torture. Let us work together to end torture throughout the world and ensure that countries provide reparation for victims.
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