June 26 is International Day in Support of Victims of Torture — a day that requires reckoning.
Today we recognize the human beings who fall prey to torturers. Yearly, torturers show increasing ingenuity finding ways to inflict maximum pain and maximum suffering — with or without visible scars. A torture victim may never completely recover the “wholeness” of their lives — but they benefit from support in rehabilitation, redress and compensation, as they seek to repair and rebuild life. Too many, like Canadian Zahra Kazemi, die abroad at the hands of their torturers.