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UN, ASF France seek end to torture

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The United Nations and Paris based International human rights group, the Avocats Sans Frontières (ASP) yesterday urged all states to end torture and impunity for perpetrators of reprehensible acts.

UN Secretary General, António Guterres, in a message to mark the International Day in support of victims of torture on June 26, 2019 across the world, stressed that prohibition of torture is absolute under all circumstances.He lamented that this core principle is undermined daily in detention centres, prisons, police stations, psychiatric institutions and elsewhere.

According to him, in spite of absolute prohibition of torture under international laws, it still persists in all regions of the world under the United Nations.

Guterres, however, expressed hope that the world was moving towards universal ratification of the United Nations Convention Against Torture, currently ratified by 166 member states. Also, Paris-based ASP sought judicial assistance for victims of torture in Nigeria.

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