June is Torture Awareness Month

I just learned June is Torture Awareness Month. June 26 is International Day in Support of Victims of Torture. Awareness days and months offer a time to raise awareness to the public about a cause. It’s a time to hold events, write letters to the editors, hold a march or vigil, etc. The media is often particularly interested in covering these events, too. June 1 – 7 is Stand up for Truth week – An International Week to Support Whistleblowing.

Democracy needs truth-telling. People in many countries will create Stand Up For Truth activities during the week of June 1-7, 2015 — to move toward a culture of openness and truth as well as security for those who take the risk of disclosing information that authorities want to keep hidden. Democracy is based on informed consent of the governed. This is not possible when crucial (and sometimes illegal) government policies remain hidden from the public. Whistleblowing is essential for bringing such policies into the light: exposing key information related to human rights violations, corporate malfeasance, the environment, civil liberties and war. We must stand up for a free press, individual privacy, governmental and corporate transparency, due process and rule of law as we seek to reveal official information that the public has a right to know. Persecution of whistleblowers and journalists is illegitimate and should be opposed as such. While undemocratic authority thrives on secrecy, we should bring whistleblowing to the forefront of public consciousness — in a process that widely encourages the release of documentation of governmental and corporate actions that cannot withstand the light of day. Please initiate Stand Up For Truth activities where you live. StandUpForTruth.org Initiating Organizations: ExposeFacts Freedom of the Press Foundation International Modern Media Institute Networkers SouthNorth RootsAction.org

Can you think of a day, week, month, or number of days to bring awareness to TIs? I think November or December would be good. November 9 is World Freedom Day and December 10 is Human Rights Day. Actually, we could have it Nov 9 – Dec 10. That would make a lot of sense. How about what to call it? I like

International Activism for the Elimination of Non-consensual Studies.”

Do you have suggestions? If you do, please share them in the comment field below.

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