Today, United Nations International Day in Support of Victims of Torture: Human dignity will never be compromised


Torture can take many other forms, more dissolved, much less well perceived, less visible or less perceptible to the general public but just as widespread.

By abandoning detainees to overcrowding fueled by a disproportionate use of pre-trial detention, or by subjecting them to prolonged isolation or repeated absences of care, States are guilty of ill-treatment which damages, injures, kills and denies the humanity of people.

This method is not limited to an x-ray of societies but also suggests avenues that will allow our societies to heal from torture. It thus covers the many underlying issues in the fight against torture: listening, recognizing and rehabilitating victims, strengthening the rule of law and even the fight against impunity.

States must be made to meet their international human rights obligations. Human dignity will never be compromised.

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