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June 26: International Day in Support of Victims of Torture

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Regent Park Community Banquet Hall

402 Shuter St

Toronto, ON M5A 1X6

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26 June was officially proclaimed as the UN International Day in Support of Victims of Torture (UNGA Res. 52/149) on 12 December 1997 by the UN General Assembly. This resolution promotes the total eradication of torture and the effective functioning of the UN Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, which entered into force on 26 June 1987.

In the current geopolitical environment, it is more important than ever for us to join together to reaffirm the absolute prohibition of the use of torture and the shared commitment in working towards its eradication.

In partnership with Amnesty International please join us in solidarity on June 26 for commemoration and celebration of the strength, resiliency of survivors of torture. The theme for this year is Life after Torture. There will be a panel discussion and cultral perfomers including our 3rd annual community skit with community members, CCVT staff and clients. The title for our skit this year is The Saga of a refugee turned Millionaire written by CCVT counselor and Policy Analyst Ezat Mossalenejad! We will also have the reading of the City of Toronto Proclamation.

Lunch will be provided and Special Perfomance from Robert Graham a Canadian singer, pianist, and music director who has performed both solo and with groups including Tanglefoot, with whom he toured the UK. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a0b2jR1eqHk

Life After Torture Panelist 2017

1. Dr. Mehr-Afarin Hosseini is a psychiatrist in private practice in Toronto, affiliated with the Toronto General Hospital and a third year candidate at the Toronto Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis (TICP). Her practice is focused on long-term psychotherapy and narrative writing group therapy. She has a particular interest in trauma and refugee health and works at the Canadian Centre for Victims of Torture (CCVT).

2.Abdulmajid Heydar Bizorg and Shahin Kashani Aghdum. CCVT clients

3.Saghi Ghahraman fled her native Iran after being arrested for working with a communist organization's women's branch. She has been living in exile in Canada for two decades, and is devoted to providing a voice for the Iranian gay, lesbian, and Transsexual community. To this end, she co-founded the IRQO (Iranian Queer Organization) and acts as the president of the organization. She chief-edited Cheraq (www.cheraq.org),IRQO's online monthly magazine. She coordinates Gilgamishaan Publications.

Co-Moderators: Selamawit Yohannes, M.S.W., RSW (CCVT Trauma Counselor and Negar Alamdar, PhD Candidate, York University. CCVT Student Placement



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