The UN International Day in Support of Victims of Torture on 26 June marks the moment in 1987 when the UN Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, one of the key instruments in fighting torture, came into effect. Today, the Convention has been ratified by 162 countries.
In the night of 22 to 23 August 1791, men and women, torn from Africa and sold into slavery, revolted against the slave system to obtain freedom and independence for Haiti, gained in 1804. The uprising was a turning point in human history, greatly impacting the establishment of universal human rights, for which we are all indebted.
Once largely the product of military dictatorships, enforced disappearances can nowadays be perpetrated in complex situations of internal conflict, especially as a means of political repression of opponents.
On 21 December 2010, by its resolution 65/209 the UN General Assembly expressed its deep concern about the increase in enforced or involuntary disappearances in various regions of the world, including arrest, detention and abduction, when these are part of or amount to enforced disappearances, and by the growing number of reports concerning harassment, ill-treatment and intimidation of witnesses of disappearances or relatives of persons who have disappeared.
Through our network we promote a series of activities and projects that deal with the management and dissemination of memorial policies related to the main conflicts of the 20th century and other historic periods that have a public influence in the actuality.
Goals & Working Areas
The working program of the EUROM focuses on research, discussion and training, such as seminars and workshops, debates and educational activities, as well as on the creation and development of content to give voice to citizenship.
The European Observatory on Memories is a unique multidisciplinary and transversal network of partners that analyze, discuss and reflect on the remembrance policies in their countries, regions and continents.
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