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Torture Survivors Ignored By Congress & Media

Neris González, a torture survivor from El Salvador, speaks out
Photo: L. Goodsmith, 2004

Washington, D.C., June 26th: Neris González, a torture survivor from El Salvador, speaks out during the 24-hour vigil held by the Torture Abolition and Survivors Support Coalition International (TASSC) in commemoration of the United Nations International Day in Support of Torture Victims and Survivors.



TASSC Marchers in D.C. on 6/26/04
Photo: L. Goodsmith, 2004
Members of the Torture Abolition and Survivors Support Coalition International (TASSC) call for an end to torture during the organization's yearly vigil in commemoration of the United Nations International Day in Support of Torture Victims and Survivors. The 24-hour event, which brought together human rights activists and torture survivors from every continent, was virtually ignored by the U.S. media.

Country candles & Marlene Olivos Pena
Photo: L. Goodsmith, 2004
A hundred and fifty candles, one for each country that currently practices torture, stand in commemoration of those who did not survive. One bears the name of the United States. The candles constituted the focal point of the vigil organized by TASSC on the occasion of the seventh United Nations International Day in Support of Torture Victims and Survivors. The event brought together human rights activists and torture survivors from every continent, and was preceded by a week of public education and advocacy activities.

Surrounded by flowers at the base of the dais is a photograph of Marlene Olivos Pena, who was tortured, raped and killed while in detention under the Fujimori regime in Peru. Her mother, Julia Pena, is among the many TASSC members who attended the vigil and joined her voice to the call for "Zero Tolerance for Torture."


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