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International Day in Support of Victims of Torture

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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

NameLanguage
International Day in Support of Victims of TortureEnglish
Día Internacional en Apoyo de las Víctimas de la TorturaSpanish
היום הבינלאומי לתמיכה בקורבנות עינוייםHebrew
يوم الأمم المتحدة الدولي لمساندة ضحايا التعذيبArabic
고문 피해자의 지원에 유엔 국제 날Korean
Internationaler Tag zur Unterstützung der FolteropferGerman

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
List of dates for other years

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.

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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

WeekdayDateYearNameHoliday typeWhere it is observed
FriJun 261998International Day in Support of Victims of TortureUnited Nations observance 
SatJun 261999International Day in Support of Victims of TortureUnited Nations observance 
MonJun 262000International Day in Support of Victims of TortureUnited Nations observance 
TueJun 262001International Day in Support of Victims of TortureUnited Nations observance 
WedJun 262002International Day in Support of Victims of TortureUnited Nations observance 
ThuJun 262003International Day in Support of Victims of TortureUnited Nations observance 
SatJun 262004International Day in Support of Victims of TortureUnited Nations observance 
SunJun 262005International Day in Support of Victims of TortureUnited Nations observance 
MonJun 262006International Day in Support of Victims of TortureUnited Nations observance 
TueJun 262007International Day in Support of Victims of TortureUnited Nations observance 
ThuJun 262008International Day in Support of Victims of TortureUnited Nations observance 
FriJun 262009International Day in Support of Victims of TortureUnited Nations observance 
SatJun 262010International Day in Support of Victims of TortureUnited Nations observance 
SunJun 262011International Day in Support of Victims of TortureUnited Nations observance 
TueJun 262012International Day in Support of Victims of TortureUnited Nations observance 
WedJun 262013International Day in Support of Victims of TortureUnited Nations observance 
ThuJun 262014International Day in Support of Victims of TortureUnited Nations observance 
FriJun 262015International Day in Support of Victims of TortureUnited Nations observance 
SunJun 262016International Day in Support of Victims of TortureUnited Nations observance 
MonJun 262017International Day in Support of Victims of TortureUnited Nations observance 
TueJun 262018International Day in Support of Victims of TortureUnited Nations observance 
WedJun 262019International Day in Support of Victims of TortureUnited Nations observance 
FriJun 262020International Day in Support of Victims of TortureUnited Nations observance 
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