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Vatican supports to Convention against Torture

On the occasion of yesterday's International Day of Support for Torture Victims, the Holy See published a 'note' to indicate its 'adherence' to the Convention against torture, other punishment and inhumane and degrading cruel treatment.

According to the note, the Convention was adopted by the UN General Assembly on 10 December 1984 and has been ratified by 129 states. The instrument of adhesion, signed by John Paul II, will be placed in the United Nations secretary general's office in New York by Archbishop Renato Martino, permanent observer of the Holy See.

The instrument will include a statement that the Church has "declared itself constantly in favour of unconditional respect for life itself" and has "condemned unequivocally everything that violates the integrity of the human person, such as mutilation, physical and mental torture, including psychological coercion".

The note recalls that the Code of Canon Law, as well as the Catechism of the Catholic Church (1992) "clearly identify and mention behaviour that can hurt the physical or moral integrity of the person, reproache leaders and urge the abolition of these acts."

Catholic agencies speak out for torture victims (26/6/02)


27 Jun 2002