International Day in Support of Victims of Torture: Statement by the HR/VP Josep Borrell

June 27, 2022
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“Torture has no place in any society. No circumstances, including war or public emergency can ever justify the use of torture. Yet, thousands of human beings around the world continue to be subjected to torture and other ill-treatment, with almost total impunity for perpetrators.

On the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, we stand in solidarity with all victims of torture and their families and reaffirm our strong determination to combat torture worldwide and in all contexts, notably in places of detention.

As conflicts and crises multiply, the use of torture is also becoming more widespread. The EU deplores the numerous reported cases of torture, extrajudicial killings and other atrocities in Russia’s illegal war of aggression against Ukraine. These acts will not go unpunished. The perpetrators of serious human rights violations and abuses, not only in Ukraine but all over the world, must be held accountable.

Defending a rules-based international order is more crucial than ever. Supporting the International Criminal Court investigations, UN mandated Commissions of Inquiries and other independent investigative mechanisms is key to serve justice for victims and ensure accountability for serious violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law.”

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Countries covered:

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