International Day in Support of Victims of Torture: Statement by the High Representative/Vice-President Josep Borrell

June 26, 2023
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Despite the unequivocal ban on torture under Article 5 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, thousands of people around the world continue to be subjected to it, and other forms of ill-treatment.

The EU condemns Russia’s illegal war of aggression against Ukraine and the numerous reported cases of torture, extrajudicial killings, and other atrocities committed. The EU also denounces the ill-treatment, torture, and appalling conditions that political prisoners, prisoners of war, and civilians around the world are subjected to, whether in Belarus or in Iran, among others, or in conflict zones such as Sudan, Yemen, Syria, and Myanmar. All perpetrators must be held accountable.

On the International Day in support of Victims of Torture, the EU honours and remembers torture victims and reaffirms its commitment to work tirelessly to eradicate torture within and beyond its borders and bring justice and rehabilitation for all victims and survivors of torture.

We are convinced that political commitment and strong partnerships can bring about change in the next decade.


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Countries covered:

  • Algeria
  • Egypt
  • Israel
  • Jordan
  • Lebanon
  • Libya
  • Morocco
  • Palestine *
  • Syria *
  • Tunisia
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