The 26th of June is the United Nations Convention Against Torture (UN-CAT) Day
Since 1987 the Day has aimed at eradication of torture and the effective functioning of the 1984 Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment.
It gives all of us around the world the opportunity to stand united and say that torture is a cruel violation of human rights. The UNCAT prohibits torture anywhere, anytime and for any purpose. This day also marks the day the United Nations Charter was signed. It is the first international instrument to obligate Member States to promote and encourage respect for human rights. In the spirit of this day, we stand here together in order to remind the world that torture is a crime against humanity in any circumstances.
The historical significance of 26th June is a united campaign against torture - although resources are dedicated to provide redress for people who have been tortured, the war is far from won. Being involved in campaigning for eliminating torture is important to us all at the Refugee Therapy Centre - as people we are serving have experienced appalling human rights violation and torture.