Delegation of the European Union to Sierra Leone

EU committed to prevent, call out and eradicate torture

26/06/2018 - 12:32
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“We will keep mobilising all our means to protect all those that have been and continue to be exposed to this abhorrent human rights violation and stand by all those who very courageously engage against this crime through awareness raising, engagement in civil society organisations or support to victims.” On the occasion of the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, the EU reaffirms once again its strongest commitment to prevent, condemn and eradicate all forms of torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.

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Torture crushes one’s personality and denies the inherent dignity of the human being. Despite the absolute prohibition of torture under international law, torture persists in all regions of the world. Its pervasive consequences often go beyond the isolated act on an individual, and can be transmitted through generations and lead to cycles of violence.

“Eradication of torture can only be achieved through a global effort by joining forces, defining common strategies and implementing joint actions. Continuous engagement with our partners, at regional and multilateral level, along with civil society, is crucial to making progress,” the EU stressed.

An example is the launch of the "Global Alliance for Torture-Free Trade" in September 2017, reiterating the EU's commitment to the absolute prohibition of torture, capital punishment and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment. This initiative spearheaded by the EU with Argentina and Mongolia, is a global effort from countries that commit to take effective measures to prevent, restrict and ban the trade of such goods.

On the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, the EU reiterates its call for a broad ratification and effective implementation of the UN Convention against Torture and its Optional Protocol and welcomes its recent ratification by Afghanistan, Australia, Madagascar, Sri Lanka as well as the Palestinian ratification.

The fight against torture and other ill-treatment is enshrined in the European Union Treaties and Charter of Fundamental Rights and is a key priority area of the EU Action plan on Human Rights and Democracy 2015-2019.

As 2018 marks the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration on Human Rights, the European Union recalls that all human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. Guided by its founding principles based on the universality and indivisibility of human rights, the rule of law, respect for fundamental freedoms and human dignity, the EU will continue to strive for the prevention and eradication of torture globally and redress for the harm done to torture victims and survivors.