What Happened to UN Torture Observance Day on June 26?
It used to be that June 26 was observed by the United Nations as UN International Day in Support of Torture Victims and Survivors. This year, however, all that the United Nations is listed as doing on June 26 is hosting the 7th Global Forum on Reinventing Governance, and observing International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking.
The special United Nations day of observance was first declared back in 1997, and had been observed every year since. It commemorates the day that the United Nations Convention against Torture came into effect, back in 1987. Just last year, there was a special UN radio broadcast on the topic of torture to mark the occasion.
What happened to the UN International Day in Support of Torture Victims and Survivors since then? This year is the 20th anniversary of the Convention against Torture. This year of all years, the UN International Day in Support of Torture Victims and Survivors ought to be recognized. So, why isn’t it being observed by the United Nations any more?