Health Professionals Against Torture

City of Berkeley Issues Proclamation

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The United Nations proclaims the 26th of June each year as the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture. We are privileged to bring this to your attention, thanks to the Proclamation issued [June 25th] by the City of Berkeley, California.



June 26 is the day on which the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment came into force in 1987; and


the Government of the United States ratified the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment in 1994, making the Convention part of U.S. law; and,


At that time, there were no treatment centers or services to treat torture survivors, while today there are some 200 centers or programs all over the world, with several of them in the Bay area staffed by citizens of Berkeley where they offer profound knowledge of torture methods, theeffects of torture, and how to diagnose and rehabilitate torture victims; and


the United Nations has proclaimed June 26 the United Nations International Day in Support of Victims of Torture; and


the United Nations appeals to all Governments and members of civil society to take action, every year, at the international, regional, national, provincial, community, village, professional, family and individual level, to defeat torture and torturers everywhere;

Now therefore, be it resolved that I, Tom Bates, Mayor of the City of Berkeley, do hereby proclaim June 26, 2010, as

United Nations International Day in Support of Victims of Torture.

Tom Bates, Mayor, June 26, 2010

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June 30th, 2010 at 4:01 pm

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