ROME, JUNE 26 – “The international community should intensify its efforts to give voice and offer protection to all victims of all forms of torture and to eradicate this practice,” the President of the Republic Sergio Mattarella said in a message on the occasion of the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture.
“Sevices and violence – underlined Mattarella – constitute one of the most serious violations of human rights, always and everywhere.” The United Nations Convention against Torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment entered into force 30 years ago today. “To reaffirm the dignity of the person was a choice of civilization on behalf the International Community. The Convention is still the main international instrument for preventing and fighting these practices and an important role is played by the Committee against Torture. Working together to combat all forms of torture should be a permanent goal – continued the Italian Head of State – as well as offering support to victims of degrading practices, whether they occur in the middle of wider violations of human rights or in countries characterized by the rule of law,” Mattarella said.
Italy ratified the 1989 Convention against Torture and “promotes its broadest ratification on a global scale,” the Head of State said, stressing that “the role of civil society in the promotion of human rights and the rule of law, assistance to those struggling for their defense is paramount, and organizations that often put themselves in danger while doing this do deserve all forms of consideration and support. ” (@OnuItalia)