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International Day in Support of Victims of Torture: United States Condemns Torture Worldwide

Standing Against Torture: A Universal Prohibition

On this International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, the United States reaffirms its strong condemnation of torture in all its forms and pledges solidarity with victims and survivors of torture worldwide. The absolute prohibition of torture is not only a human right enshrined in U.S. law, but also a universally recognized principle of international law. The bravery, humanity, and dignity of torture survivors deserve utmost recognition and support.


A Constant Battle: Governments Exploiting Torture as Tools of Repression

Despite the widespread condemnation of torture, numerous governments continue to employ this barbaric practice as a means of repression. Political opponents, marginalized populations, prisoners of war, detainees, human rights defenders, and individuals who express dissenting opinions often fall victim to these inhumane acts. The United States is determined to pursue accountability for perpetrators and extend support to survivors as long as victims of torture persist.

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Supporting Healing and Pursuing Justice: The UN Voluntary Fund for Victims of Torture

To address the immediate and long-term consequences faced by victims of torture, the United States remains the largest contributor to the UN Voluntary Fund for Victims of Torture. This fund plays a critical role in supporting rehabilitation and justice programs worldwide, aiding in the healing process of survivors. In light of their commitment, the United States strongly urges other nations to join in supporting these crucial initiatives.

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Promoting Healing: Rehabilitation Programs for Torture Survivors

Rehabilitation programs are integral to the healing process for survivors of torture. They provide essential physical and psychological support to individuals who have endured unimaginable suffering. By facilitating access to medical care, counseling, therapy, and legal aid, rehabilitation programs help survivors rebuild their lives and regain their dignity. The United States recognizes the significance of these programs and continues to champion their implementation globally.

Pursuing Justice: Advocating for Accountability

Ensuring accountability for perpetrators of torture is vital for justice to prevail. The United States believes in holding individuals responsible for their actions and supports international efforts to bring them to justice. By cooperating with international tribunals, courts, and other mechanisms, the United States actively contributes to the fight against impunity. The commitment to justice encourages the deterrence of future acts of torture and offers closure to survivors.

The Road Ahead: Strengthening International Cooperation

The fight against torture requires a collective effort by the international community. The United States calls upon governments worldwide to stand together in condemning torture unequivocally. By working together, nations can develop comprehensive strategies to prevent torture, promote accountability, and support victims. Collaboration and cooperation are essential to creating a world free from torture, where human rights are respected and protected.


On the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, the United States resolutely condemns torture and pledges unwavering solidarity with survivors. The universal prohibition of torture, enshrined in both U.S. and international law, underscores the importance of this day. By supporting rehabilitation and justice programs through the UN Voluntary Fund for Victims of Torture, the United States demonstrates its commitment to healing and justice for survivors globally. Together, through strengthened international cooperation, we can eradicate torture and ensure a future where the dignity and humanity of all individuals are upheld.