International Day in Support of Victims of Torture

Cycling rally "In yellow jerseys against torture"

Panel Discussion: "Germany, Economics and Torture"

In the oil-producing country of Nigeria, 16-year-old Moses Akatugba was arrested on his way home from school for the alleged theft of mobile phones. He was thrown into prison, tortured into making a confession, and sentenced to death.

In Saudi Arabia, one of Germany's key business partners, the internet activist Raif Badawi called for freedom of expression. He was sentenced to 10 years in prison and 1,000 lashes. He has already been flogged 50 times.

Torture is committed in 131 countries worldwide. For decades, Amnesty has been exposing governments that torture. It is a clear, brutal and unjustifiable violation of human rights.

In Germany and other western countries, torture is banned. But in the face of Islamist terrorism, voices are repeatedly being raised in favor of torture in so-called "ticking time bomb scenarios". Yet the recent report of the US senate on the CIA interrogation program since 9/11 has confirmed that torture is not only a crime but also useless. Since the 1984 Convention Against Torture, it has been prohibited by international law.

Prohibition is one thing; reality is another: To abolish torture, we need to take to the streets. To denounce countries committing torture. To call on our politicians to advocate for human rights.

In 2015, the fight against torture is one of Amnesty International's major action priorities. All over the world, people are protesting—with rallies, petitions, letters of protest, campaign booths, vigils, flash mobs, events, leaflets, press releases, and more.

logo Raddemo kleinThe 26th June is the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture. And we are taking to the streets. "In yellow jerseys against torture", we will be cycling through the center of Berlin to protest in front of the embassies of countries that engage in torture: Mexico, Saudi Arabia, the United States, Nigeria and China. In the evening, renowned experts will be discussing how to combat torture around the world. How should our politicians act when visiting countries that practice or tolerate torture? What can we do to end this ongoing scandal?

Moses Akatugba will not be executed. Despite his death sentence and the "confession" extracted from him under torture. After hundreds of thousands of people worldwide demanded his release, the governor of the Nigerian federal state Delta State, Emmanuel Uduaghan, stated: "I have granted pardon to Mr. Moses Akatugba. (...) His case has been trending on the social media and Amnesty International has also intervened."

Amnesty will continue to intervene. On behalf of Raif Badawi and all other victims of torture around the world. On 26th June in Berlin. Will you be there?

Events organized by Amnesty Berlin-Brandenburg to mark the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture on 26th June:

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Cycling rally: "In yellow jerseys against torture"

16:30 Starting rally at the Embassy of Mexico | Klingelhöfer Str. 3 | 10785 Berlin
17:00 Embassy of Saudi Arabia | Tiergartenstraße 33-34 | 10785 Berlin
17:30 Embassy of the United States of America | Behrensstr. 73 | 10117 Berlin
18:00 Embassy of Nigeria | Neue Jakobstraße 4 | 10179 Berlin
18:20 Embassy of China | Märkisches Ufer 54 | 10179 Berlin
18:45 Finishing rally at Alexanderplatz, Weltzeituhr

The route and the GPX-Track are available for download.

Panel discussion "Germany, Economics and Torture"

How can foreign policy help to promote a worldwide ban on torture? Do business relations with countries committing torture offer opportunities to promote human rights? What can society do to combat torture? These and other questions will be discussed by Ines Pohl (Editor-in-Chief of the tageszeitung), Selmin Çalışkan (Secretary General of Amnesty International Germany), Bernhard Docke (human rights lawyer and attorney for Murat Kurnaz) and Mechthild Wenk-Ansohn (Berlin Treatment Center for Victims of Torture)
Location: Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Main building, Kinosaal, Unter den Linden 6

For further information on torture, see the Amnesty International Stop Torture Campaign website. Please donate via Amnesty in Bewegung.

 

 


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