Definition of Torture according to the United Nations Convention Against Torture
Why Campaign against Torture?
Reason is: Jesus himself was tortured
Whoever tortures a human being,
Whoever abuses a human being,
Whoever outrages a human being
Abuses God's image,
And the church takes as its own
That cross, that martyrdom.
(Archbishop Romero of El Salvador, murdered in 1980 because of his support for the poor and suffering people of his country)
|This scheme is an important and integral part of the work of acat(uk). Can you commit to helping?|
|There are occasions when a swift response by letter can save a prisoner from torture and even death.|
|Sunday 25th June 2017. This is part of our ‘Powerhouse of Prayer’. For details of the 2017 vigil click here|
|Cards and messages of support can bring hope to those suffering torture, imprisonment or persecution because of their faith or their work as human Rights defenders. The Christmas Greeting Campaign List for 2016 is still available.|
|Cards and messages of support can bring hope to those suffering torture, imprisonment or persecution because of their faith or their work as human Rights defenders. The Easter Greeting Campaign List for 2017 is still available.|
How our Campaigns Work
A major part of acat(uk)'s work is campaigning on behalf of victims of
torture, those under threat of torture or death, the disappeared, those
subject to extrajudicial execution and those experiencing death threats.
This falls into two parts:
Part One - Action
Members are given detailed appeals concerning victims of torture or abuse of human rights.
• facts relating to the specific case
• a draft letter to help members send appeals
• addresses both postal and if possible e-mail of the persons or organisations responsible for the alleged abuses
• addresses of embassies in the UK of the countries concerned
• when to contact your MP/MEP
Part Two - Information
To keep our members informed of developments worldwide and in individual countries our bi-monthly newsletter gives information on:
• countries where abuse of human rights are known to occur
• developments in international law to curb torture or ensure fair trials
• results of appeals sent to countries or organizations
On occasion specific campaigns may run through several issues of our newsletter.