On Saturday June 25, 2011 over 100 students and human rights activists in Bangalore raised their voice against torture and pledged solidarity with torture victims all over the world, to highlight the United Nations International Day in Support of Victims of Torture (26th June).
With the words “Stamp out torture, kick out torture!” Mr. Mathews Philip, Executive Director of SICHREM started the walk against torture. In the march from St. Josephs Arts and Science College to the Town Hall, the demonstrators stressed that torture can never be justified. To show that there is hope for torture victims, all the participants assembled for a candle light vigil at the end of the march and pledged solidarity.
Motivating more people to stand up against torture, students of St Josephs College showed what torture is, the effects and the forms it can take through a mime show and a film screening at the Campus the day before the march (June 24, 2011). “We have the power to make a difference”, said JS Gladson, President of NSS.
The programs were jointly organised by SICHREM, NATT (National Alliance for Testimonial Therapy) and St. Josephs College (NSS, CSA, CSC)
All over Karnataka SICHREMs Human Rights Centers in the Districts of Mysore, Hassan, Haveri, Kolar and Kodagu organized rallies, protest marches and candle light vigils to call attention to torture victims.
SICHREM thanks all the participants for coming together to show solidarity with torture victims in India and worldwide.
Her you can download the pledge: Pledge against torture
For more information on the Mime show click here: http://sjcbangalore.blogspot.com/2011/06/sjc-pledges-support-for-victims-of.html