June 26th marks the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture.
Torture exists in many forms and is widely prevelant across the globe. The International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims (ICRT) defines it as "the intentional infliction of severe mental or physical pain
or suffering by or with the consent of the state authorities for a specific purpose." While torture often leaves lasting physical and psychological scarring, it also strips a person of one of the most fundamental human rights: the right to dignity.
Watch this video, featuring the ACLU's Jamil Dakwar explaining "Torture 101", as well as the videos and resources below to learn more and take action on torture and related issues. If you know of other or better resources, please let us know in the comments field and we'll update the post.
What is torture? (IRCT)
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (Article 5)
Read more about torture (IRCT)
The Torture Reporting Handbook (Essex U)
Find an organisation supporting June 26th near you:
SPOTLIGHT ON PHR
PHYSICIANS FOR HUMAN RIGHTS
STORY OF A VICTIM Physicans for Human Rights' Farnoosh Hashemian recounts.
In recent years, thanks to mobile phones, cases of torture worldwide have been exposed - often by the perpetrators themselves. The examples below show how the exposure of this footage can force official acknowledgement of torture, unlock processes of justice for victims, or at least drive campaigns to end impunity.
● United Arab Emirates: torture by a member of the royal family yields government response
● China: torture of Tibetans (extremely graphic)
● Chechnya: The Times obtains three clips showing torture of soldiers
● Chechnya: security forces film themselves torturing a local woman
** A big thanks to Sameer Padania and Caitlin Clay for their collaboration on this page**