The Assistance Center for Torture Survivors, ACET pays tribute to the strength and courage of torture survivors and their families and appeals to the society to declare their solidarity and support. We call on all citizens, communities and grass root organisations to push for ratification in Bulgaria the Optional Protocol of the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment. The Protocol obliges the states’ parties to create effective measures to prevent torture and ill-treatment in any territory under their jurisdiction, and to establish national mechanisms for independent monitoring of detention places.
The Center ACET again states its concern that the Bulgarian legislature has not fulfilled its commitment under the adoption of the Convention to incriminate torture in the Penal Code of the Republic of Bulgaria.
In the context of world events the Center ACET declares also its solidarity to Iranian people who are suffering under torture’s cruel hand in their struggle for democracy and freedom.