Torture Survivors- A Particular Group of Persons with Disabilities

Posted: 02/12/2010 in Uncategorized

3 December is International Day for Persons with Disabilities. The South African No Torture Consortium knows that survivors of torture are living with visible and invisible disabilities which prevent their full participation in life. South Africa has ratified the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities which means that the state has undertaken to “organize, strengthen and extend comprehensive habilitation and rehabilitation services and programmes” to persons living with disabilities. This December 3rd, SANToC would like to expose the suffering of torture survivors who live with disabilities and who have not had full access to rehabilitation and to emphasise their right to rehabilitation. We support any state action towards upholding the rights of persons with disabilities as outlined in this UN Convention. A public event is being held today, 3 December at the Chapel, 1st Floor, Khotso House, 62 Marshall St. Johannesburg, from 9:00am-2pm and SANToC welcomes your attendance. You can follow this blog for updates on the event, on the issue of disability and torture, and on torture in South Africa. Who is being tortured now? What rights do they have? Can they access support? How does the South African government address torture? We will keep you posted- The South African No Torture Consortium (SANToC)

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