Batticaloa marks day against torture

Place: Batticaloa | Courtesy: TamilNet
| Date: 19990623

The International Day in support of Victims of Torture is to be observed in the eastern town of Batticaloa on June 26 with a cultural pageant. Four organisations are co-ordinating the pageant and public meeting to be held on the same day.

Victims of torture are expected to participate in the cultural pageant.

At a press conference held on Tuesday the organisers said that according to official documents 364 people, including 50 women, had been tortured in Batticaloa since 1990.

There are no figures to say how many people died in detention due to torture, they added.

The pageant will start on the morning of the 26th from Keerimadu Sri Sithivinayagar Temple and the public meeting will be held at the William Auld Hall in Batticaloa.

The United Nations Assembly declared June 26 as the International Day in support of Victims of Torture in December 1997 as it prepared to mark the 50th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

The day aims to eradicate torture through the effective implementation of the 1984 Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment.


Torture victims protest against police
[TamilNet, June 26, 1999 14:50 GMT]

The International Day in support of Victims of Torture was observed in Batticaloa town with a cultural pageant. Large numbers of Tamil women, most of whom had been tortured by the security forces, participated in the pageant, said TamilNet's Batticaloa correspondent.

The pageant started from the Keerimadu Sithivinayagar Temple and went through several roads and finally reached the Willian Auld hall.


Participants of the pageant carried a masked head, made up of clothes. Upon reaching the police station junction the women tore up the masked head and threw the pieces into the police station.


The police personnel inside the station were stunned.


The International Day aims at the eradication of torture. Another objective of the International Day is to ensure the effective functioning of the 1984 Convention against Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment. On December 12 1997 the United Nations Assembly proclaimed June 26 as the International Day in support of the Victims of Torture.