EU urges int’l coop to eradicate torture

The EU called Monday for a global approach to eradicate torture including prohibition, prevention, and redress for the victims.

“Despite the absolute prohibition of torture under international law, it continues to be practiced around the world either in isolated cases or systematically, through different forms,” said EU High Representative Federica Mogherini.

Mogherini made her remarks in a declaration on behalf of the 28-member bloc, to mark the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture.

“Torture is an inexcusable crime for which each perpetrator has to be prosecuted and brought in front of justice,” she said, adding all human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.

“On this particular day, the EU reiterates its call for a broad ratification and effective implementation of the UN Convention against Torture and its Optional Protocol and welcomes its recent ratification by Afghanistan, Australia, Madagascar, and Sri Lanka, as well as the Palestinian ratification,” said the declaration.

Source: Kuwait News Agency