26 June: A Day of Global Action for Survivors of Torture

Not alone, never forgotten: on 26 June we stand with all those whose lives have been marked by torture.

Over the past year, more than two million of us have told our governments to stop torturing – from Argentina to Australia; from Morocco to Moldova; from Poland to the Philippines.

And it’s working. Torture survivor Moses Akatugba was released from death row in Nigeria after 800,000 people in 118 countries around the world took action to save him. Claudia Medina saw false charges dropped against her in Mexico after 300,000 people around the world wrote to demand justice for her torture. And tens of thousands of us urged police in the Philippines to investigate the torture of Jerryme Corre; in March the police vowed to do so.

Together we celebrate each success, each step to justice.

Together we can stop torture.

Amnesty activists, thank you for accompanying me in my fight for justice. You help me to have the strength to carry on.

Claudia Medina, who survived torture in Mexico

On 26 June, we rally once again.

We speak out with survivors like Wafae and Oussama from Morocco, Dave from the Philippines, Yecenia from Mexico, Muhammad from Uzbekistan or Mahmoud from Egypt.

All have had that most basic right – the right to live their lives free from torture – violated. All are claiming justice.

They know that while their fight may not yet be over, it is a fight they are not taking on alone. We are with them and their families every step of the way.

I can never give enough thanks. Your actions changed the course of my case. We are not alone in this fight. Many people also seek justice for us.

Jerryme Corre, Filipino torture survivor
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To you, free people still standing up for Raif, your weekly protests are making a difference! Please do not stop until Raif is released.

Ensaf Haider, Raif Badawi's wife

Help us get justice for those who’ve survived torture


See how we marked 26 June, International Day in Support of Victims of Torture

Amnesty International Icelandic section threw two public actions on the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture on the 26th and 27th June in Reykjavik.
Students from the Urdang Academy take part in a flash mob dance action on Exmouth Market, London, on the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, 26 June, 2015
Amnesty activists show their stance against torture in Mali
Amnesty International Ireland activists at Dublin’s Grand Canal Dock.
Run Against Torture in Berne, Switzerland.
Amnesty International Thailand’s activists went to Bangkok business area, asking people to join our ‘Stop Torture’ campaign and show their supports on the global day to support victims of torture.
AI Nepal members organized Signature collection calling concerned authorities in the Philippines to ensure justice to Dave Enriquez on 25 June in Kathmandu.