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United Nations International Day in Support of Victims of Torture

Join us in recognizing United Nations International Day in Support of Victims of Torture and standing against this human rights violation.
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Get ready to stand in solidarity with victims of torture on June 26 for the United Nations International Day in Support of Victims of Torture. This day was first observed in 1997 to raise awareness and support for those who have suffered from the physical and psychological effects of torture. It's a reminder that we must continue to fight against this inhumane practice and advocate for the rights and well-being of all individuals. Let's come together on this important day to show our support and help make a positive impact.

History of United Nations International Day in Support of Victims of Torture

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<div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1945</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>United Nations Founded</div><div class='timeline-text'>The United Nations was founded after WWII, one of its purposes is to promote and encourage respect for human rights and for fundamental freedoms for all.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1975</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>UN Begins Work Against Torture</div><div class='timeline-text'>The United Nations begins its work specifically addressing torture when it establishes the Special Rapporteur on the question of torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1984</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>UN Convention Against Torture</div><div class='timeline-text'>The international law instrument "Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment" was adopted by the United Nations, providing a legal and ethical framework against torture.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1987</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Convention Against Torture Effective</div><div class='timeline-text'>Convention Against Torture came into effect after being ratified by 20 nations, which is the minimum number of countries needed for ratification.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1997</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>First International Day in Support of Victims of Torture</div><div class='timeline-text'>United Nations proclaimed June 26 as the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, offering global focus on the continued efforts to eradicate torture.</div></div></div>

How to Celebrate United Nations International Day in Support of Victims of Torture

<div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>1</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Host a fundraiser for a torture survivor support organization</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Use this day to raise awareness and funds for organizations that provide support and resources for survivors of torture. You can organize a charity event, such as a benefit concert or auction, to raise money and show your support.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>2</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Educate yourself and others about the effects of torture</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Take the time to learn more about the physical and psychological effects of torture on survivors. Share this information with others to raise awareness and understanding about this important issue.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>3</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Organize a peaceful protest or demonstration</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Show your support for victims of torture by organizing a peaceful protest or demonstration in your community. This can be a powerful way to raise awareness and advocate for human rights.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>4</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Write letters to political leaders</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Use this day to write letters to political leaders and urge them to take action against torture and support survivors. Your words can make a difference in bringing about change.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>5</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Volunteer at a local organization that supports torture survivors</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Get involved in your community by volunteering at an organization that provides support for torture survivors. Your time and efforts can make a positive impact on someone's life.</p></div></div>

Why United Nations International Day in Support of Victims of Torture is Important

<div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>A</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Raises awareness of a serious human rights issue</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>The United Nations International Day in Support of Victims of Torture brings attention to the widespread issue of torture, which is a violation of basic human rights. By recognizing this day, we can educate ourselves and others on the realities of torture and work towards preventing it from happening.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>B</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Honors victims and their resilience</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>This day also serves as a reminder to honor and support the victims of torture, who have endured unimaginable pain and suffering. It recognizes their strength and resilience in overcoming such traumatic experiences and provides a platform for their voices to be heard.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>C</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Promotes accountability and prevention</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>By acknowledging this day, the international community is reminded of their responsibility to hold perpetrators accountable for their actions and to work towards preventing torture from occurring in the future. It also highlights the need for rehabilitation and support for victims of torture.</p></div></div>

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When is United Nations International Day in Support of Victims of Torture?

The United Nations International Day in Support of Victims of Torture is celebrated on June 26 every year. In 2024, this date will fall on a Wednesday.

United Nations International Day in Support of Victims of Torture Dates

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2023

Jun 26

Monday

2024

Jun 26

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2025

Jun 26

Thursday

2026

Jun 26

Friday

2027

Jun 26

Saturday

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