International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, 26 June

Press Release: International Day in Support of Victims of Torture
26.06.2023


BERLIN – As the world observes the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture on 26 June, HRD e.V. stands in solidarity with survivors of torture, reaffirming our commitment to the prevention and eradication of this heinous crime.

Torture is a grave violation of human rights, a deplorable act that inflicts severe physical and psychological pain on individuals. It leaves lasting scars, traumatizing victims and undermining the very fabric of society. On this important day, we raise our collective voices to advocate for the rights and dignity of torture survivors and to condemn torture in all its forms.

Our organization recognizes that the eradication of torture requires a multi-faceted approach. We call upon governments worldwide to uphold their obligations under international law, particularly the United Nations Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment. We urge states to implement robust legal frameworks, strengthen oversight mechanisms, and hold perpetrators accountable for their actions.

In the context of Turkey, we note with concern the reports of human rights violations and allegations of torture. It is crucial for the Turkish government to ensure the protection of human rights and to thoroughly investigate any allegations of torture or ill-treatment. We call upon the authorities to take swift and transparent action to address these concerns and to provide justice and reparations to the victims.

We also emphasize the crucial role of civil society organizations, healthcare providers, and human rights defenders in supporting survivors of torture in Turkey. It is imperative to create a conducive environment where survivors can access comprehensive and specialized rehabilitative services, including medical care, psychological support, legal aid, and social reintegration programs.

Education and awareness play vital roles in preventing torture. HRD e.V. is dedicated to raising public awareness about the consequences of torture and the urgent need to combat it, including in Turkey. We encourage educational institutions, media outlets, and online platforms in Turkey to join us in promoting human rights education, fostering empathy, and challenging the culture of impunity that allows torture to persist.

On this International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, let us come together as a global community and reaffirm our commitment to promoting human dignity, justice, and compassion. We stand in solidarity with survivors of torture, supporting their healing journey and advocating for a world free from this abhorrent practice, including in Turkey.


HRD e.V.