Focus on the victims of torture

Thursday, August 9, 2012

During the commemoration of the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, on June 26th, APT’s Regional Office for Latin America organised an event in Panama City, dedicated to the victims. Present on this special day were representatives of national NGOs and international organisations, embassies, and of course, victims of torture and ill-treatment and their families, sharing their personal experiences with the audience.

The theatre group Carilimpia conducted a performance with particular focus on female victims. After their performance a documentary film was screened. "El Porvenir" describes the tragedy of the prison El Porvenir, in Honduras, where 69 inmates lost their lives, and the persistent struggle of the families demanding justice. At the end of the night, the mother of an inmate detained at a Panamanian prison, shared the difficulties and mistreatment that her son and herself have been subjected to since his arrest, bringing the participants closer to the reality of the country’s penitentiary system.