This Friday, the world will mark International Day in Support of Victims of Torture. This day is commemorated every year to reaffirm the universal commitment to the total eradication of torture, which is categorically prohibited under international law.
Today, the largest-ever group of civil society organizations from scores of countries urged
the UN Human Rights Council to call out the United States for failing
to provide justice for both the perpetrators and the victims of the
CIA's abhorrent torture program.
In 1984 the UN General Assembly adopted the UN Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment,
which entered into force on June 26, 1987. The Reagan administration
signed the treaty and sent it to the Senate for ratification with this statement: