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City Council Resolution on Victims of Torture

CITY OF SANTA FE, NEW MEXICO

RESOLUTION NO. 2009-____

INTRODUCED BY:

Mayor Coss

 

A RESOLUTION

SUPPORTING JUNE 26 AS THE UNITED NATIONS INTERNATIONAL DAY IN SUPPORT OF VICTIMS OF TORTURE.

 

WHEREAS, in 1998, the United Nations declared June 26th as United Nations International Day in Support of Victims of Torture; and

WHEREAS, UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, said “Today the United Nations appeals to all governments and members of civil society to take action to defeat torture and torturers everywhere. This is a day on which we pay our respects to those who have endured the unimaginable. This is an occasion for the world to speak up against the unspeakable."; and

WHEREAS, torture is one of the most profound human rights abuses, taking a terrible toll on millions of individuals and their families; and

WHEREAS, United Nations International Day in Support of Victims of Torture is a special day to focus on helping torture victims and ending torture; and

WHEREAS, religious and human rights organizations in the United States have declared the month of June to be Torture Awareness Month as a way to provide greater visibility to this issue and provide an opportunity for coordinated actions across the country; and

WHEREAS, the New Mexico Conference of Churches, Santa Fe Veterans for Peace, and Temple Beth Shalom working with the National Religious Campaign Against Torture along with other faith, human rights, and peace groups, are organizing a series of events on June 25-28, 2009 to focus the attention of the public, the United States Congress and the President in an effort to end torture.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE GOVERNING BODY OF THE CITY OF SANTA FE that the Governing Body supports June 26 as the United Nations Day of Solidarity for Victims of Torture.

PASSED, APPROVED, and ADOPTED this _____ day of __________________, 2009.

 

___________________________________

DAVID COSS, MAYOR

 

ATTEST:

 

_______________________________

YOLANDA Y. VIGIL, CITY CLERK

 

APPROVED AS TO FORM:

 

_________________________________

FRANK D. KATZ, CITY ATTORNEY

 

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