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Human Rights Day Event: Torture in Our Times: West London

London Guantánamo Campaign | 03.12.2009 08:50 | Guantánamo | Repression | Social Struggles | Terror War | South Coast | World

On 10 December 1984, 25 years ago, the General Assembly of the UN adopted the text of the Convention Against Torture, banning the use of torture (in writing, it was already illegal) and practices related to it, such as assisting in torture and returning people to countries where they face torture. It became law in 1987, however the use of torture and the involvement of most countries and governments in it, including ours, continues to grow...

The London Guantánamo Campaign invites you to

A public meeting on human rights day

Torture in Our Times


Helen Bamber
Louise Christian
Omar Deghayes

Thursday 10 December 2009
At 7pm
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
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This event is free and all are welcome

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