Tucson Event to Honor Torture Survivors on Sunday, June 26th

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Tucson, AZ, by leslie j yerman

Amnesty International Tuscon and Owl & Panther are hosting a public event to acknowledge torture survivors on UN International Day in Support of Victims of Torture — Sunday, June 26th from 2 pm – 4 pm at Southside Presbyterian Church, 317 W. 23rd Street.

The event will begin with music and an acknowledgement of the close to 160 countries where torture has taken place. It will include stories of torture survivors, a short Academy Award-winning animated short from Chile, and the opportunity for attendees to participate in actions calling for the end of torture.  Given the sensitive content, parental discretion is advised. Children’s arts activities will be offered in a separate area.

Amnesty International Tucson is a chapter of Amnesty International, a global human rights organization with over 7 million members and supporters.

Owl & Panther, a project of The Hopi Foundation, provides meaningful and healing expressive arts, trips into nature, and service-learning experiences for Tucson refugee children and families who have been impacted by trauma, torture, and traumatic dislocation.

The UN International Day in Support of Victims of Torture was initiated in 1997. Torture is a crime under international law. Systematic torture by a country is a crime against humanity.


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