Freedom House Expresses Solidarity With Torture Victims
Photo (Art) Credit: Samuel Feigenbaum
On June 26, UN International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, Freedom House stands in solidarity with victims of torture, and with the activists who work to rehabilitate victims and to eliminate torture around the world. In the past three years, Freedom House has worked with hundreds of human rights defenders from Tunisia to Kyrgyzstan to combat torture in their countries. Freedom House has supported rehabilitation services in Kyrgyzstan, trained police officers in Jordan, and supported coalitions of civil society organizations for prison monitoring and advocacy in Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and the Middle East. These efforts are key components of Freedom House’s work to strengthen rule of law and government accountability around the world.
“The act of torture shows utter disdain for human rights and undermines the trust between state and citizen which is the cornerstone of democratic governance,” said David J. Kramer, president of Freedom House. “On this day, we honor and stand with victims of torture and those local activists who document their stories, provide legal assistance, and fight for their right to justice.”
For more information on ending torture, visit:
UN Convention Against Torture
Optional Protocol to the UN Convention Against Torture
Eye on Torture
Voice of Freedom Central Asia
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