International Day in Support of Victims of Torture 2013

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To deliberately inflict pain on another human being is the most animalistic human trait by far. Everyone has the right to be mentally and physically freed from any form of torture. It is time the world stood together to put this ill treatment to a total halt.

It is disheartening that this sinister act is still happening, and could be going on in our backyards without even knowing. The United Nations has condemned the act of torture as one of the vilest and irresponsible actions committed by human beings to each other. To further express their support towards the victims of torture, they have specially chosen 26th June annually as International Day in Support of Victims of Torture. This year's theme is rehabilitation, which is selected to acknowledge its pivotal function to reintegrate the victims back to societies.

The truth is that young victims frequently encounter difficulties during the rehabilitation process. This is often caused by the difference in age between the rehabilitators and the young victims of torture. The margin between their ages makes it hard for them to relate to each other. It is therefore advisable that the rehabilitation teams should include youth so as to eliminate communication barriers.

In line with that, we, at World Assembly of Youth (WAY), urge young people from all around the world to jointly commit themselves in volunteering activities especially those related to rehabilitation of tortured victims. Utilizing young volunteers in rehabilitative facilities will not only give them a precise picture about the disadvantages of torturing related acts but also give victims an approachable role model so that the reintegrating process will be easier to be achieved. After all, rehabilitation is a key to reintegration; rehabilitation will prepare victims of torture, build back their confidence and equip them with necessary skills before they are ready to be reintegrated back to their societies.

Today, let us be a part of the movement in support of victims of torture and their road to healing. Join us to promote solidarity, eliminate any form of pain inflicting act, and raise international corporations to assist victims of torture by addressing its causes and restoring the well-being of the victims.

Together we can bring lasting solutions to end torture throughout the world and to ensure torture victims get the necessary help through rehabilitation. Choose to be part of these solutions.