26 June is International day for Victims of Tortures. Regional public organization “Human being and Law” and Representation of Interregional Committee against Torture will hold an action “Against Tortures” at 11 o’clock in Chavain boulevard.

Human rights defenders will spread booklets and educational literature, and also give balloons with a label, reminding people about this day to inhabitants of Yoshkar-Ola.

— We are sure that the majority of population of the city doesn’t know that in 1987 Russia ratified the United Nations Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, — said a chairwoman of RPO “Human being and Law” Irina Simakova. – We want to pay attention to tortures and show solidarity with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which forbids tortures.

Torture means any act by which severe pain or suffering, whether physical or mental, is intentionally inflicted on a person for such purposes as obtaining from him or a third person information or a confession, punishing him for an act he or a third person has committed or is suspected of having committed, or intimidating or coercing him or a third person, or for any reason based on discrimination of any kind, when such pain or suffering is inflicted by or at the instigation of or with the consent or acquiescence of a public official or other person acting in an official capacity.

International Law and Law of Russia forbids tortures. However, the officials use violence very often and are not punished for it. In its annual reports International organization «Amnesty International» writes about countries, where facts of tortures were established. Our aim is to tell people that tortures are forbidden in a civil state.

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