The Secretary of State made an appeal on the occasion of the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture.
The United States condemns the use of torture wherever and whenever it occurs and calls on Governments around the world to adhere to this principle. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said this on Saturday in a statement on the occasion of the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, published on the website of the State Department.
In 1987, 171 states, including the United States, signed the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, which is based on Article 5 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which states that “no one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.”
Nevertheless, as Blinken notes, “we continue to see governments using torture and other human rights violations as tools of repression against political opponents, representatives of minorities and oppressed groups of the population, human rights defenders and those who simply express their opinions that these governments do not like.”
The Secretary of State stressed that the United States condemns torture, wherever and whenever it occurs, and urges all governments to “comply with their international obligations and put an end to impunity for these crimes.”
The United States is the largest donor to the United Nations Voluntary Fund for Victims of Torture, which provides support to survivors of torture and their families.
“Today is an opportunity for UN member states, civil society, and individuals around the world to unite against torture and call for the truth, justice, and accountability of those responsible for human rights violations,” Blinken said.