National Preventive Mechanism


International Day in Support of Victims of Torture

The International Day in Support of Victims of Torture is commemorated on 26 June, the date on which, in 1987, the United Nations Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, one of the fundamental international instruments in the fight against torture, came into force. The NPM Unit of the Ombudsman of Spain considers it important to remember that, in the terms of art. 1 of the Convention, torture is «any act by which severe pain or suffering, whether physical or mental, is intentionally inflicted on a person for such purposes as obtaining from him or a third person information or a confession, punishing him for an act he or a third person has committed or is suspected of having committed, or intimidating or coercing him or a third person to perform an act which he or a third person has committed, or intimidating or coercing him or a third person to perform an act which he or a third person is suspected of having committed, or to intimidate or coerce him or her or others, or for any reason based on discrimination of any kind, when such pain or suffering is inflicted by or at the instigation of or with the consent or acquiescence of a public official or other person acting in an official capacity. It is essential to reflect on the importance of providing assistance to victims of torture and to join efforts to eradicate torture and other cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment to which thousands of people around the world are still subjected today.  

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