International Day in Support of Victims of Torture

Today – 26 June 2014 – marks the 26th  International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, inaugurated to coincide with the day the United Nations Charter was signed in 1946 and the date in 1987 when the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (“the Convention”) came into force. Cambodia ratified the Convention in 1992, along with a plethora of other human rights treaties it ratified under UNTAC but has subsequently failed to adhere to.

It is fitting that the theme of this year’s campaign on the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture is ‘fighting impunity’ as torturers in Cambodia are rarely punished for their actions and in some cases those who have been accused of committing or overseeing grave acts of violence in the past, including acts of torture, remain in positions of power today.

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