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On 12 December 1997, by resolution 52/149, the UN General Assembly proclaimed 26 June the United Nations International Day in Support of Victims of Torture. 26 June is an opportunity to call on all stakeholders including UN Member States, civil society and individuals everywhere to unite in support of the hundreds of thousands of people around the world who have been victims of torture and those who are still tortured today.

Read more in the UN Voluntary Fund for Victims of Torture Virtual Brochure.

UN Anti-Torture mechanisms joint events

2021: (shrinking civic space)

  • Webinar – Fostering civic space to obtain redress and accountability for victims of torture

2020: (COVID-19)

Sketch of Public Webinar, 26 June 2020 © credit: Shazeera Zawawi APT –

Watch the recording of the Webinar below, or on the OHCHR Facebook page:

Joint statements

UN Secretary-General statements

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights statements

UN Voluntary Fund for Victims of Torture (Board of Trustees)

Press releases

Other statements

Convention against Torture Initiative
Group of Friends
Other 26 June events and materials