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Commemoration of 26th June – International Day in Support of Torture Victims

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International Aid Network IAN has organised a series of events in commemoration of June 26, the International Day in Support of Torture Victims . Events are organised within projects financially supported by the Delegation of the European Union to the Republic of Serbia, the UN Voluntary Fund for Victims of Torture, UNHCR Serbia and the Office for Cooperation with Civil Society of the Government of the Republic of Serbia.

A press conference was held in Belgrade, as well as the theater play “If only I were not a woman”.

The press conference was held at the UNS Press Center, with participation of:

  • Mr. Ekmel Cizmecioglu – Program Manager for Civil Society and Human Rights, Delegation of the European Union to the Republic of Serbia
  • Mr. Milan Markovic, Head of Human Rights Team, Office of the UN Resident Coordinator in Serbia
  • Ms. Bojana Trivunčić, psychologist and project manager of IAN
  • Mrs. Millena Vasic, YUCOM lawyer

The speakers emphasised the importance of recognising victims of torture by the State, as well as the importance of rehabilitation. It was pointed out that Serbia as a state has not yet fulfilled the obligations it has committed to signing international documents, that torture in Serbia is happening and that although some progress has been made in recent years in this area, there is plenty of room for further progress.

In the National Theater in Belgrade, on the crowded scene Raša Plaović, the performance “If only I were not a woman” was performed. The play was prepared and carried out by the members of the organisation MOTO, based on the story of IAN’s client Mahboub Taheri.

A day later, on June 27, two more events were organized in Nis, a press conference and a concert with an exhibition of works of IAN clients.

The media conference was organised at the Niš Media & Reform Center with participation of:

  • Mr. Slobodan Savovic, Commissariat for Refugees and Migration
  • Ms. Bojana Trivunčić, psychologist and project manager of IAN
  • Ms. Lidija Vuckovic, President of the Center for Human Rights Nis

The speakers drew attention to the problems and challenges faced by victims of torture, as well as the significance of rehabilitation, the challenges of their representation before the courts and the right to compensation. Particularly they looked at the problems of the refugee/ migrant population and benefits from the provision of psychosocial, psychological and psychiatric support.

A concert of classical music titled “From East to West” was held in “Art Gallery 55” in Nis. The program is conceived as a musical journey from Persia to the Balkans through the processing of folk songs in 12 different languages ​​from countries that have historically gone through turbulent war and historical turmoil. The concert was performed by MOTO members. At the same time, the exhibition of the handicrafts of IAN clients, who are beneficiaries of the Reception Centre in Bosilegrad, was also held.

Media reactions to these events can be downloaded on the following links:

Danas – Država ne obeštećuje žrtve torture

N1 – Srpska policija palicama i elektrošokovima do priznanja

N1 – Jukom: Izveštaj SE poražavajući

N1 – Neadekvatno ponašanje prema zatvorenicima prihvaćena praksa

Zona plus – Međunarodni dan podrške žrtvama torture

Megafon – Međunarodni dan podrške žrtvama torture

 

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