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Torture Abolition Day – February 4, 2023

Torture Abolition day is observed on February 4 every year in the U.S. It is a holiday that is dedicated to celebrating the end of the use of torture in society. The torture of people or animals for personal gain or pleasure is simply illegal. Inhumane acts were performed on people and for years, people fought to end it. All humans and living things deserve to be treated with respect and dignity. Torture Abolition Day raises awareness to remind people of this and to make sure that the illegal act of torture is not practiced.

History of Torture Abolition Day

Torture abolition day takes place in the U.S. on February 4 every year. Torture is considered to be pain inflicted as a means of persuasion or punishment usually by a judicial or ecclesiastical authority. This painful treatment is usually inflicted for a purpose. It can be trying to get someone to confess to a crime, provide information, or serve punishment for wrongdoing. Sometimes it is simply for the pleasure of the torturer. Innumerable people have suffered from extremely violent acts. Torture can be performed on humans and animals. Animals feel pain just like humans. All living things need to be treated equally and with general humane kindness.

There was a time when torture was considered to be legally and morally acceptable. In Early Neolithic Europe, there is archaeological evidence of torture. There are mentions of torture in historical sources on Assyria and Achaemenid Persia. Torture was performed as a punishment and a part of the judicial process. Some historians made a distinction between torture and painful punishments. Torture was believed to be one of the most reliable ways to get someone to tell the truth. It was seen as a suitable punishment and a way to prevent people from repeating their offenses. Though considered harsh by many, it was an effective method in the past. There were, however, some restrictions on the methods that were allowed. In Europe, the common methods were the rack and strappado.

Torture Abolition Day timeline

Before 1200
Torture Becomes Popular

Torture was rare in medieval times but became more common between the years 1200 to 1400.

1200 — 1400
It is Used for Serious Crimes

Torture was only used for the most serious crimes because it was still an expensive and labor-intensive process.

1954 — 1962
Many People are Tortured

During the Algerian War of Independence, an estimated 300,000 people were tortured.

2016
The Use of Torture Declines

A study shows that the use of torture has reduced in about 16 countries.

Torture Abolition Day FAQs

Does torture work?

According to a statement by 25 former interrogators and intelligence professionals, torture and abuse in interrogations is not an effective way to elicit reliably truthful information.

Do terrorists use torture?

Terrorist groups have been known to use several methods of torture.

Did torture make us safe?

The use of torture did not make us safe as it was not an accurate way to get truthful information.

How to Observe Torture Abolition Day

  1. Exercise kindness

    Kindness is something that we all should practice more. Be kind to someone around you on this day.

  2. Share the holiday

    You can share this holiday with your friends or coworkers. Use it as a way to reach out to anyone who may need help.

  3. Learn about torture

    You can research more to learn about torture. It would give you a better understanding of what people have suffered.

5 Facts About Torture

  1. It is illegal everywhere

    Torture is a crime internationally and has no justification even in times of war.

  2. It is banned

    Torture has now been banned by the UN Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, and under U.S. law.

  3. It is immoral

    Torture is immoral because it is cruel and abusive and goes against all the statutes of humanity.

  4. It can be psychological

    Torture can inflict psychological trauma on the victim and this has long-term effects.

  5. Children were victims

    Children sometimes also had to go through the pain of torture.

Why Torture Abolition Day is Important

  1. It encourages kindness

    The holiday encourages more people to be kind to one another. This is something we all need more of.

  2. It creates awareness

    The holiday informs the general public about torture. This helps prevent the horrible practice.

  3. It stimulates gratitude

    The holiday helps remind people to be appreciative of the life they have. If you have never experienced torture, you have a lot to be grateful for.

Torture Abolition Day dates

YearDateDay
2023February 4Saturday
2024February 4Sunday
2025February 4Tuesday
2026February 4Wednesday
2027February 4Thursday

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