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Abstract 1998 marks the 50th anniversary of the historic Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which proclaims that all peoples are born free and equal and sets out the basic principles of equality and nondiscrimination in the enjoyment of fundamental freedoms and human rights. Yet, despite the many covenants and conventions stemming from this declaration and signed by nations around the world, human rights continue to be violated by powerful groups, by individuals, often even by family members. On 26 June, which has been declared UN International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, attention will be focused on torture--a grave violation of a person's human rights still practised in its many insidious forms in many countries. INR reviews the work of the organizations trying to help stop the perpetrators and participation of health professionals; rehabilitate the survivors; and educate health professionals and the public.
This article was published in Int Nurs Rev
and referenced in Journal of Antivirals & Antiretrovirals