June 26 | Center for Victims of Torture

June 26

June 26 is recognized internationally as United Nations International Day in Support of Victims of Torture. On this day in 1987, the UN Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment went into effect.  Every year, CVT commemorates the day with special events to recommit ourselves to heal survivors and end torture.

26 June 2021


CVT Kenya held a live-streamed event for 26 June, featuring speakers, staff interviews, dance and tributes to survivors of torture. Watch the event video here on CVT’s Facebook page. Go to the 9:15 mark to begin the audio.




2021 Eclipse Award: CVT issued this press release announcing that the annual Eclipse Award went to the Honorable Keith Ellison, Attorney General for the State of Minnesota, for his work leading the prosecution of Derek Chauvin, who was found guilty of George Floyd's murder. “I am truly honored to recognize the hard work of Attorney General Ellison and his unswerving dedication to holding a torturer accountable for his actions,” said Curt Goering, CVT executive director.

CVT published this backgrounder titled "Arbitrary & Cruel: How U.S. Immigration Detention Violates the Convention against Torture and Other International Obligations.” Author of the report, Taylor Koehler, Esq., CVT public policy fellow, evaluates the links among arbitrary detention and violations of the prohibition against torture within the system, writing, “The current system’s defects are structural and pervasive to a degree that the system must be phased out entirely to bring the United States into compliance with its international legal obligations.”








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