Antonio Guterres, UN Secretary- General, has said torture in any form is absolutely unacceptable and can never be justified.
Guterres, who disclosed this in his message to mark the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, also called for support for victims worldwide.
According to him, the “absolute prohibition” of torture is “stipulated in unequivocal terms’’ as a foundational principle, including within the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
“Much has been achieved in the fight against this and other cruel, inhuman, degrading punishment and treatment, yet more action is needed to eradicate torture fully.
“Torture remains unacceptable and unjustified at all times, including during states of emergency, political instability, or even in a war,’’ Guterres said.
The secretary-general also paid tribute to all those who stand in solidarity with the victims of torture and their families.
He underscored that the victims have the right to justice, rehabilitation and redress.
The International Day in Support of Victims of Torture marks the moment in 1987, when the UN Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, came into effect.
The Day also served as a rallying cry for all stakeholders, including the UN Member States, civil society and individuals to unite in support of victims of torture and those who are still subjected to the ghastly practice.
It also highlights the need for prompt and specialised rehabilitation programmes to help victims “make the transition from horror to healing’’.