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HOA Political Scene 48 _________________________26 June 2011
We have some articles about the victims of torture in addition to political highlights on the political deterioration in Sudan in the HOA Political Scene 48. We also have updates about the political deterioration in Sudan on the Arabic version of the HOA Political Scene Blog. Thanks to our freelancer in southern Sudan, the updates are very important and we are looking forward for more active sharing.
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Tomorrow, you will see the SUN smiling to our people in the Horn of Africa. At that time, we will all come, meet, hug our comrades, enjoy the flowers of freedom and democracy and have some cheers from the best of our grains, grapes and dates.
Deputy High Commissioner Kyung-wha Kang will hold a press conference in Khartoum on Monday, during or after her current mission in Darfur. Kyung-wha has visited Juba, the capital of southern Sudan, Abyei and the internally displaced people "IDPs" in Turalei.
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Support the Victims of Torture!
The first political column in HOA Political Scene 48 Newsletter:
Today, 26 June is the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture. The HOA Political Scene 48 calls to remember the victims of torture in the Horn of Africa every day and specially in their International Day.
The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay said in the International Support Day for Victims of Torture, torture carried out on a systematic basis could amount to a war crime or crime against humanity. He stressed that no circumstances justify the use of torture against any person. Therefore, the treatment of offenders should have zero-tolerance measures.
Navi Pillay pointed out that neither the states of emergency, nor the wars against terror justify the use of torture against people. He explained that women, men and children face torture daily in North Africa and the Middle East. He suggested that those who protect themselves by measures of impunity are the real criminals behind the scene even though they turn blind eyes on their conducts.
The following is the statement issued on 26 June on the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture:
Starting in 1976, during Argentina’s period of military dictatorship, prison director Abel Dupuy ordered the systematic torture, cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment of dozens - possibly hundreds - of political prisoners.
New inmates would be greeted by a double row of guards who would beat them as they entered the prison, handcuffed and hooded. They were often stripped naked before the torture sessions began.
The victims suffered serious physical and mental harm, while the torturer-in-chief continued to live in Buenos Aires, a free man - until, decades later, an arrest warrant was issued for Dupuy. In October last year, more than 30 years after the first blows were struck on his orders, justice was eventually done when Dupuy was convicted and sentenced to life in prison.
Across many parts of Latin America and in some other parts of the world, we have been seeing encouraging developments in the implementation of the strict prohibition against torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment in international law, often many years after the crime was committed.
In Argentina, by October last year, 748 people had been charged for serious crimes committed during the military era, and 81, including Dupuy, had been convicted. In Colombia, a new victims' law has made provisions for reparations, restitution and other measures for victims of human rights violations committed during the conflict.
The arrests of Radovan Karadzic and Ratko Mladić and their indictment on a host of human rights violations and crimes against humanity, including torture, have also reinforced the global struggle against impunity.
In all, the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia has indicted 161 people and in many of these cases, torture was included among the charges.
Torture is illegal, and if carried out on a systematic basis can amount to a war crime or a crime against humanity. No circumstances, however exceptional, justify the use of torture against anyone for any reason. Neither a state of emergency nor conflict, neither the fight against terrorism nor the fight against crime excuses the use of torture.
These practices dehumanize both victim and perpetrator and leave scars on people, communities and entire societies that can be very difficult to heal. The healing process begins with justice and involves long-term rehabilitation of victims and offenders, as well as reparations. These measures need to be accompanied by training of law enforcement officials and a zero-tolerance approach to the use of torture.
Sadly, despite the blanket ban on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment in international law, terrible examples of its continued practice are documented on a daily basis. The use of torture, symptomatic of desperate despotic governments and dysfunctional criminal justice systems, is all too common.
As we have seen very graphically in North Africa and the Middle East over the past few months, men, women and even children are tortured in detention simply for expressing their political views, in order to force confessions, or just because they were in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Behind its common use is an expectation of impunity on the part of those issuing the orders, those actually carrying out the torture and those who deliberately turn a blind eye to it.
Thanks to the courage and determination of victims and survivors, and the tireless efforts of human rights defenders, accountability is increasingly taking place and perpetrators of torture should no longer expect to get away with such heinous acts.
Prosecutions of the sort we are witnessing now, decades after the commission of the criminal act of torture, send a powerful message.
Cases such as that of Dupuy demonstrate that as times change, regimes also change, as happened across Latin America in the late 20th century and is starting to happen now in North Africa and the Middle East.
Indeed, one of Dupuy's victims, Jorge Taiana, went on to become the Foreign Minister of Argentina and testified at Dupuy's trial last year.
The strengthening of international justice mechanisms, including the rapidly maturing International Criminal Court, means that the chances of torturers being snared one day, either on the national or international level, has greatly increased.
Despotic governments and officials take heed: torture is a serious international crime and more torturers will be brought to justice – sooner or later.
Read more and donate to support the victims of torture at http://www.ohchr.org. We have also some pages about torture in Arabic, Danish and English at Human Rights Arabic Translation, Human Rights in Danish and Human Rights in Sudan in English.
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