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Assistance to victims of torture

31-12-1986 Article, International Review of the Red Cross, No. 256

25th International Conference of the Red Cross, Geneva, 23 to 31 October 1986, Resolution 12

The Twenty-fifth International Conference of the Red Cross,

 recalling Resolution XIV on torture adopted by the Twenty-third International Conference of the Red Cross in which all forms of torture were condemned, governments and appropriate international organizations were urged to do their utmost to eliminate such practices, and Red Cross organizations were called on to co-operate in the realization of this objective,

 recalling Resolution XV on assistance to victims of torture adopted by the Twenty-fourth International Conference of the Red Cross which welcomed " current efforts within the United Nations to establish a Voluntary Fund for the victims of torture, enabling the fund, through established channels of humanitarian assistance, to extend humanitarian, legal and financial aid to individuals whose fundamental rights have been severely violated as a result of torture and to relatives of such victims " , and urged, governments to consider responding favourably to requests for contributions to such a fund " ,

 welcoming the establishment in December 1981 in pursuance of General Assembly Resolution 36/151 of the United Nations'Voluntary Fund for victims of torture and the authorization of the Board of Trustees of the Fund to promote and solicit contributions and pledges,

 taking note of the recent information provided by the Secretary-General of the United Nations on the activities of the United Nations'Voluntary Fund for victims of torture,

 noting with satisfaction that rehabilitation centres for torture victims have been established and their important role in providing assistance to victims of torture,

 expressing its gratitude and appreciation to those who have contributed to the United Nations'Voluntary Fund for victims of torture and to the rehabilitation centres for torture victims,

 1. appeals to governments in a position to do so to respond favourably to requests for further contributions to the United Nations'Voluntary Fund for victims of torture,

 2. requests the ICRC and the National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, as well as the League, to assist in making the Voluntary Fund and the existence of rehabilitation centres for torture victims better known.




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