June 26 has been proclaimed by the United Nations as the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture.
Twenty-three years ago the Convention against Torture came into force on June 26, 1987. One hundred and forty-six nations, including the United States, are parties to this treaty.
From the United Nations website:
Obviously the need to speak up is not less than in 1998 when those words were written. For citizens of the United States, the need is even greater today when our country has taken to defining so many of the activities of torture listed above as permissble "hard interrogation techniques." The weasel words don't change the reality: the United States has officially joined the torture states.
As a free bumper sticker from Quaker House reminds us:
Stops Torture Tomorrow.