A public meeting on human rights day
Torture in Our Times
Thursday 10 December 2009
At the Westbourne Grove Church Hall, Westbourne Grove, W11 2RW (nearest tube: Notting Hill Gate)
Torture is banned. There are no circumstances in which its use can be excused. On 10 December 1984, the General Assembly of the United Nations adopted the text of the Convention Against Torture (CAT), including penalties for torturers and a clear definition, paving the way for it to be outlawed universally. Twenty five years later, the use of torture is still widespread and increasing. Countries such as the UK despite claims to the contrary are deeply involved in the use of torture in Iraq, Afghanistan, Guantánamo Bay and elsewhere.
Torture leaves a permanent, damaging mark on the person tortured.
Join us to discuss this issue and what we can do about it.
Helen Bamber is the director of the Helen Bamber Foundation which works with victims of torture. Over the past 6 decades, she has worked extensively on the rehabilitation of victims of torture and to raise awareness of their plight
Louise Christian, from Christian Khan Solicitors, is a human rights lawyer who represents former Guantánamo Bay prisoners
Omar Deghayes, a Libyan national, is a former Guantánamo Bay prisoner who was held there illegally for five years. He was released in December 2007
Organised by the London Guantánamo Campaign
For more information please call 07809 757 176 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
This event is free and all are welcome