South Asians for Human Rights

Promoting Democracy, Upholding Human Rights

National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) chairman Kedar Nath Upadhyay on Sunday complained that impunity has risen significantly in the country as the recommendation made by rights organisations to take action against rights violators went largely unnoticed or were never implemented.

Speaking at a programme organised by NHRC in the capital on the occasion of the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture today, he expressed grave concern over the government’s sheer apathy towards taking stringent action against individuals involved in serious rights violations.

Chairman Upadhyay, however, urged the media persons to raise their voices in a strong manner in order to ensure that justice is provided to the countless victims of rights violations.

The United Nations (UN) International Day in Support of Victims of Torture was first observed on 26 June 1998. This date, 26 June was chosen by the United Nations because on the same day in 1987, the UN Convention against Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment came into force – and on 26 June 1948 the United Nations Charter was signed.

Human Rights NGO’s annually marks this day to recognise the pain and suffering that victims and survivors of torture have gone through during conflict period.