Uganda Celebrates the UN International Day in Support of Torture Victims

Thursday, July 2, 2015 - 10:15

International Day in Support of Victims of Torture is observed on June 26, everyyear. Right to Rehabilitation (R2R) has been chosen as the International theme for the 26 June 2015 campaign and the National theme chosen is Implement the Anti-Torture Law!! and this is for the Coalition Against Torture (CAT) and the Uganda Human Rights Commission (UHRC) to showcase the vital role it plays in ensuring as many torture survivors as possible have access to the rehabilitation they need and have a right to which is extensively covered in the Prevention and Prohibition of Torture Act, 2012.

This year, the commemoration of the UN International Day in support of Victims of Torture was comprised of a number of activities in Kampala and Fort portal .The activities were started on Thursday 18th June 2015 with a Community Dialogue forurban refugees at Old Kampala Primary School Grounds to raise awareness about torture among the refugees, a public dialogue was also held at Hotel Africana on Wednesday, 24th June 2015 and a regional public dialogue was held in Fort portal on Thursday, 26th June 2015 aimed at devising strategies to effectively implement the Anti-Torture law.

In Kampala the Main celebration was held on Friday 26th June 2015 at the Railway grounds and it included a peaceful procession which was flagged off from the CHOGM.

The representative of the Uganda Human Rights Commission Mrs Ejang Margaret thanked all the organization under CAT who worked together to ensure the commemoration of the UN International Day in support of Torture victims a success, she also welcomed the people who had come to attend the function and also taken part in the commemoration activities in various areas of the country. However she urged Ugandans including torture survivors to fight the vice by reporting acts of torture to the nearest police post, police station, the Uganda Human Rights Commission, any judicial officer or any other relevant institution or body over the offence.

TheHead of the European Delegation His Excellency Kristian Schimdt was also among the dignitaries who graced the occasion and launched the Translated version of the Anti-Torture Law.