Secretary-General's message on International Day in Support of Victims of Torture
New York, 26 June 2013
As we mark 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 25th anniversary of the Committee against Torture. This body -- along with other UN 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 UN Human Rights Council resolution focussing 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.
Statements on 26 June 2013
- New York, 26 June 2013 - Secretary-General's Remarks at Africa Day Celebration
- New York, 26 June 2013 - Statement attributable to the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General on the Summit of the Gulf of Guinea Heads of State and Government on Maritime Safety and Security [sroll down for the French version]
- New York, 26 June 2013 - Secretary-General's remarks at special event on the International Day against Drug Abuse and illicit Trafficking
- New York, 26 June 2013 - Secretary-General's remarks at "Entrepreneurship for Development" General Assembly Thematic Debate
- New York, 26 June 2013 - Secretary-General's message on the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking