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)
Frequently Asked Questions
Question: Where do you get the information about torture cases?
Answer: This comes from a variety of sources such as L'Organisation Mondiale Contre la Torture (OMCT) based in Geneva, The Observatory based in Geneva (dealing with human rights defenders), Amnesty International, newspapers and internet news, Christian organisations (about persecuted Christians)
Question: Can I write letters by long hand? Is it better to have them typewritten? Can I send letters by e-mail or fax?
Answer: All methods are ok. Clearly e-mail and fax get there quicker, but it's not necessary to use computers or typewriters, except of course for ease!
Question: Can I type/write letters on airmail pre-stamped paper?
Answer: Many of our members do so.
Question: Do the letters we write really work?
Answer: From feedback received we know that they do work.
Question: If I write to governments will I be stopped from ever visiting that country?
Answer: We have not heard of members having difficulties in obtaining visas or being refused entry into other countries.