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"International Day in Support of Victims of Torture" observed by United Nations
The United Nations established observance of "International Day in Support of Victims of Torture" was held by the UN Agencies and human rights groups on 26 June to raise the voice against the crime of torture and support victims and survivors of torture throughout the world to seek justice for them.

According to the UN, nearly 100 organizations all over the world marked the day with events, celebrations and campaigns.

This year, an event jointly with the International Bar Association was organized in the form of a high-level panel discussion at King's College in London to reaffirm the resolve absolute prohibition of torture in the current critical times. In the event, the High Commissioner for Human Rights and leading human rights lawyers took part.

"Torture seeks to annihilate the victim's personality and denies the inherent dignity of the human being. Despite the absolute prohibition of torture under international law, torture persists in all regions of the world," stated the UN.

It added, "Concerns about protecting national security and borders are increasingly used to allow torture and other forms of cruel, degrading and inhuman treatment. Its pervasive consequences often go beyond the isolated act on an individual; and can be transmitted through generations and lead to cycles of violence."

According to the UN, it is an obligation of States not only to prevent torture but to provide all torture victims with effective and prompt redress, compensation and appropriate social, psychological, medical and other forms of rehabilitation.

It may be recalled that the decision to annually observe the day was taken by the UN General Assembly at the proposal of Denmark, which is home to the world-renowned International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims and the first June 26 event was launched in 1998.

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