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Secretary-General urges states to stand by victims of torture

24 June 2016

The United Nations Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment came into effect on 26 June 1987.

"The law is crystal clear: torture can never be used at any time or under any circumstances, including during conflict or when national security is under threat.  On this International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, we express our solidarity with and support for the hundreds of thousands of victims of torture and their family members throughout the world,” said UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

In the current climate of instability prevailing in many parts of the world, it is essential to recall the absolute prohibition of torture and other forms of ill-treatment. The preventative role of independent international and national bodies that monitor the treatment of persons deprived of their liberty is now more important than ever.

Adapted from the UN

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