Sunday, 27 June 2010

IMHRO statement regards of International Torture day in Support of Torture Victims

Iranian Minorities’ Human Rights Organisation (IMHRO)



26th June is International Torture day in Support of Torture Victims. The word 'torture' originates from the Latin torture and is ultimately derived from the past participle of torquere, meaning 'to twist'[i]

IMHRO uses this day to remind the international community of torture practice on minorities in Iran.

Ethnic minorities of Kurds, Turks, Ahwazi Arabs, Baluches, Turkmen, Lurs and religious minorities such as Bahá’í, Christians, Jews and Sunni’s are subjected to severe torture in Iran.

Iranian Security Service/Revolutionary Guards and some other security branches are responsible for the torture in Iran. This takes various forms, including white torture, sleep deprivation, mock execution, shunning, solitary confinement, public condemnation, severe permanent disfigurement, pharmacological torture, water boarding and physical punishment.

To be exact, there are reports that some victims genitals have been burnt, body parts amputated without anaesthetic, severe beatings, limbs broken, including spinal injuries. Some have been injected with poisonous drugs effecting heart, lungs and brain. Many are completely disabled and some are even murdered under torture as pain overcomes their soul’s strength to endure.

The list of torture victims in Iran is growing. The age of victims ranges between 13 to 84 years old.

IMHRO asks the international community to put pressure on the Iranian Government to fulfil its international obligation, which they are signatories to, by taking steps to:

*Cease torture immediately and releasing all political prisoners,

*Bring to justice those who ordered, or were involved in torturing victims over the past 30 years,

*Compensate victims of torture,

*Ensure that torture never again takes place.

We would like to finish our statement quoting Ms. Ginetta Sagan, “Silence in the face of injustice is complicity with the oppressor”.

[i] ^ Merriam-Webster's collegiate dictionary, 10th Edition. Springfield, Mass: Merriam-Webster. 1999. p. 1246. ISBN 0877797137.

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