Torture seeks to annihilate the victim’s personality and denies the inherent dignity of the human being. The United Nations has condemned torture from the outset as one of the vilest acts perpetrated by human beings on their fellow human beings.
Torture is a crime under international law. According to all relevant instruments, it is absolutely prohibited and cannot be justified under any circumstances. This prohibition forms part of customary international law, which means that it is binding on every member of the international community, regardless of whether a State has ratified international treaties in which torture is expressly prohibited. The systematic or widespread practice of torture constitutes a crime against humanity.
“The International Day in Support of Victims of Torture is an occasion to underscore the internationally recognized right of all men and women to live free from torture. It is an opportunity to reaffirm our collective commitment to prohibit torture and all cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment or punishment.”
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
Message for the International Day in
Support of Victims of Torture 2010
June-26 Candle lighting Vaiko appeal to Tamils
MDMK chief Vaiko appealed all the Tamils to participate in the candle lighting event for the Eelam Tamils who killed notoriously in the Vanni war and Tamil fishermen killed by the Sri Lankan navy.