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Paul Linnell, the Humphrey Fellow for CVT in our Washington DC office, provides an informative and useful summary of our recent expert briefing on Fighting Impunity: Combating Torture & Human Trafficking.
On June 25, CVT convened a number of experts at our Washington, DC office for a panel discussion on ending the practice of impunity in torture and human trafficking. The event was held on the eve of June 26 – International Day in Support of Victims of Torture – commemorating the date when the United Nations Convention Against Torture and Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment went into effect.
In his opening remarks, CVT Executive Director Curt Goering elaborated on the title of the event, detailing how survivors of torture are often the victims of multiple human rights violations, including rape, sexual and gender based violence, and human trafficking, among others. Unfortunately, the practice of impunity stretches across all of these issues, denying justice to the victims and allowing perpetrator’s actions to go unpunished. While it was noted that strides have been made in recent years, including the establishment of the International Criminal Court in 2002 and the advent of social media, crimes against humanity persist nevertheless. Curt closed with a call to action for human rights advocates and governments to ensure that we utilize the laws and mechanisms that we have in place to ensure accountability for those responsible for these crimes. Continue reading