26th June (’22): International Day in Support of Victims of Torture

The United Nations International Day in Support of Victims of Torture is an international observance held annually on 26 June to speak out against the crime of torture and to honour and support victims and survivors throughout the world.

This is a day on which we pay our respects to those who have endured the unimaginable. This is an occasion for the world to speak up against the unspeakable. It is long overdue that a day be dedicated to remembering and supporting the many victims and survivors of torture around the world.

— Former United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan, 1998
On this International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, we express our solidarity with, and support for, the hundreds of thousands of victims of torture and their family members throughout the world who endure such suffering. We also note the obligation of States not only to prevent torture but to provide all torture victims with effective and prompt redress, compensation and appropriate social, psychological, medical and other forms of rehabilitation. Both the General Assembly and the Human Rights Council have now strongly urged States to establish and support rehabilitation centers or facilities.

— United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, 2012

The day was selected by the United Nations General Assembly for two reasons. First, on 26 June 1945, the United Nations Charter was signed during the midst of World War II – the first international instrument obliging UN members to respect and promote human rights. Second, 26 June 1987 was when the United Nations Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment came into effect.

The decision to annually observe the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture was taken by the UN General Assembly at the proposal of Denmark, which is home to the world-renowned International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims (IRCT).

The first 26 June events were launched in 1998. Since then, nearly 100 organizations in dozens of countries all over the world mark the day each year with events, celebrations and campaigns.

26th June (’22): International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking

2000 young people participating in the RUN AGAINST DRUGS, organized to mark the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking in New Delhi on June 26, 2004 (Saturday).

The International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking is a United Nations International Day against drug abuse and the illegal drug trade. It is observed annually on 26 June, since 1989. The date June 26 is to commemorate Lin Zexu’s dismantling of the opium trade in Humen, Guangdong, ending on June 25, 1839,just before the First Opium War in China. The observance was instituted by General Assembly Resolution 42/112 of 7 December 1987.

On 26 June 1987, two important texts (Comprehensive Multidisciplinary Outline of Future Activities in Drug Abuse Control & Declaration of the International Conference on Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking) were adopted at the International Conference on Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, which was held in Vienna during 17–26 June 1987. The Conference recommended that an annual day should be observed to mark the importance of the fight against drug abuse and illicit trafficking. Both the dates 17 June and 26 June were suggested, and in the later meetings 26 June was chosen and written into the draft and final resolution.

It is often referred to by Anti-Drug campaigners as 6/26. A play on Marijuana smokers “4/20” day to celebrate cannabis.

The UN’s 2007 World Drug Report puts the value of the illegal drug trade at US$322 billion a year.

Campaigns, rallies, poster designing and many other programs are conducted. People of different countries celebrate the day together. As drug use increases[citation needed], the day becomes more important.

‘Health for Justice. Justice for Health’, the theme for International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking 2019, highlights that “justice and health are two sides of the same coin when it comes to addressing drug problems.”

♬ Eros Ramazzotti – Ama

LYRIC

Considera l’ipotesi di non sentirti schiavo di nessuno mai
Decidere della tua vita in piena autonomia
Casomai

Senza preoccuparsi dei giudizi, della gente, dell’ipocrisia
Dei commenti ad alta voce
Dell’invidia che non si lava più via

Inizia qui
Ora a girare un nuovo film
Tu il protagonista
Perché poi sentirsi meglio non è mai uno sbaglio

Ama come senti, in ogni forma libera
Perché anche tu lo sai, lo capirai
Che i sentimenti non puoi tenerli in gabbia
Ama in ogni forma che l’amore libera
Perché anche tu così rinascerai
Tutte le volte che amerai di nuovo

Non dubitare mai del tuo istinto, della sua infallibilità
Scegli il tuo alfabeto e la lingua
È la cura dell’anima

Riscrivi qui
Riscrivi qui il tuo codice così
Perché la vita è troppo corta
Per non viverla di corsa

Ama come senti, in ogni forma libera
Perché anche tu lo sai, lo capirai
Che i sentimenti non puoi tenerli in gabbia
Ama in ogni senso che l’amore libera
Perché anche tu così rinascerai
Tutte le volte che amerai di nuovo

Ama in ogni forma che l’amore libera
Perché anche tu così rinascerai
Tutte le volte che amerai di nuovo