Govt pleas to end torture

The Government today condemned torture as one of the worst violations of human rights.

Marking UN International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, Foreign Affairs Minister Micheál Martin also called for an end to other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.

The Government has allocated 250,000 euro to the UN Voluntary Fund for the Victims of Torture for 2008.

Torture is among the very worst violations of human rights and human dignity,“ said Mr Martin. ”It may inflict terrible physical pain, but can also have devastating emotional and psychological effects.“

Mr Martin urged all countries to immediately sign up to the International Convention Against Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, which Ireland ratified in 2002.

Ireland would continue to help eradicate torture through its lobbying at EU and UN level as well as at the International Criminal Court, the Council of Europe and the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe, Mr Martin said.

The minister also paid special tribute to the work of human rights NGOs who bring cases of torture to the attention of the international community.

June 26 was first designated as International Day in Support of Victims of Torture by the UN General Assembly in 1998.


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