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作者: 李众   LINK:States must take effective measures to prevent torture 2011-06-27 00:42:15  [点击:315]
Following is UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s message for the
International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, observed on
26 June:

Torture is a brutal attempt to destroy a person’s sense of dignity
and sense of human worth. It acts also as a weapon of war,
spreading terror beyond its direct victims to communities and
societies. On the International Day in Support of Victims of
Torture, we honour the men and women who have suffered, enduring
their ordeal with courage and inner strength. We mourn, too,
those who did not survive.

States must take effective legislative, administrative, judicial
or other measures to prevent acts of torture in any territory under
their jurisdiction. There are no exceptional circumstances whatsoever
— whether a state of war, or a threat of war, internal political
instability, or any other public emergency or national security
situation. States’ obligations also include the duty to provide
effective and prompt redress, compensation and rehabilitation for
all torture victims.

Returning to ordinary life after torture is hard. The United
Nations Trust Fund for Victims of Torture assists individuals
and organizations around the world to ease physical and psychological
pain, restart shattered lives and support the right to truth and
justice through legal assistance. I thank those Governments and
other contributors who make this assistance possible, and I call
on all members of the international community to support the Fund.
I also commend the many individuals and organizations that provide
medical, psychological, legal and social assistance to victims of
torture and their families.

The recent entry into force of the International Convention for the
Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearances is a welcome
addition to the body of international human rights law, since enforced
disappearance is yet another manifestation of torture. I appeal to
all Members States to allow full and unhindered access by the United
Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture to places where people are
deprived of liberty in their country. I also call on all States
that have not done so to ratify the Convention against Torture,
and to allow individual complaints by victims under its instruments.

At a time when the legitimate aspirations of people in many regions
of the world for greater freedom, dignity and a better life are too
often met with violence and repression, I urge States to respect the
fundamental rights of all people. Torture and other forms of cruel,
degrading and inhuman treatment and punishment, wherever they occur
and whatever the circumstances, can never be justified.

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