Geneva – Switzerland, 1st of December 2012. On the occasion of the Human Rights Day, held on December 10th, the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT), the leading global civil society coalition against torture, is launching 10 days of activism against torture and ill-treatment in the framework of its global campaign “Nothing can justify torture under any circumstances”.
“In the coming ten days we will highlight the role of 10 persons fighting against torture in their respective country in order to raise awareness of one of the most serious and persistent violations of rights”, said Gerald Staberock, Secretary General of the OMCT. “These men and women stand for many examples around the world of civil society organisations and individuals working against torture often under difficult and dangerous circumstances and requiring our support”, he added.
The 10 days of activism against torture, from December 1st to December 10th, will be launched today with a Flash Mob organised in Geneva to recall the absolute prohibition of torture and ill-treatment and the importance to mobilize against this practice. The initiative aims at alerting public opinion around the world that torture and ill-treatment is a negation of human dignity that should concern us all.
“Nobody should remain indifferent before this barbaric practice”, added Anne-Laurence Lacroix, OMCT Deputy Secretary General. “Torture and ill-treatment remain a widespread practice around the world and often in places that are closer to you than you would think”, she stressed.
Therefore, from the 1st to the 10th of December, the OMCT will together with members of its global network ‘SOS torture’ introduce ten portraits of human rights defenders, coming from all parts of the globe, and their courageous struggle against torture and ill-treatment. The portraits available on a dedicated page of its website (www.omct.org) will illustrate the challenges and obstacles these women and men face, as well as the disappointment and hopes they encounter in their fight against torture. In their respective portraits, the ten human rights defenders also stress the importance of public opinion against torture demonstrating that anyone, anywhere can do something to support the global fight.
“Each and everyone of us has the possibility to take a stand against torture and ill-treatment. We invite people around the world to discover the ten portraits against torture and impunity on OMCT’s website and to take action so that the absolute prohibition of torture becomes reality” concluded Anne-Laurence Lacroix.
Pierre-Henri Golly, Communication officer, Tel. +41 22 809 49 39
For further information, visit http://www.omct.org
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