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Who Cares for Survivors of Torture? (Panel Discussion and Reception)

UCL Science, Medicine, and Society Network

Tuesday, 25 March 2014 from 18:30 to 20:30 (GMT)

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An evening of film, discussion, and an exhibition of art by survivors of torture

Even in the best of times public sentiment often fails to extend to individuals and families seeking a homeland free from torture and oppression. In the aftermath of government cutbacks, those without political voice or rights are often the first to be affected. Alarmingly, sometimes those who would otherwise care for the tortured may become complicit in oppression when outsiders are considered dangerous.

This event will begin with the screening of the award-winning film (please book separately), Doctors of the Dark Side—about the collusion of doctors in physical abuses at Guantanamo Bay. The film will be followed by a panel discussion, led by UCL psychologist Amanda c de c Williams and a panel of experts, survivors, activists, and therapists. The discussion will be followed by a drinks reception and viewing of paintings by survivors.

Megan Clement, Deputy Editor, The Conversation and recipient of the 2012 Australian Human Rights Award for her work on asylum seekers Tom Coghlan, former Defence, Afghanistan Correspondent and present Foreign Correspondent, The Times Prof Cornelius Katona, Medical Director, Helen Bamber Foundation and UCL Mental Health Sciences Unit Tania Kazcynski, Art Therapist working in primary education and former art therapist and facilitator at Freedom from Torture's open art studio Dr Ewen Macmillan, Justice Alliance, expert witness and Trustee of Kent Refugee Help Shiela Melzak consultant child and adolescent and clinical director, Baobab Centre for Young Survivors Perico Rodriguez, former political prisoner and Psychological Therapist, Freedom from Torture Dr Amanda c de c Williams (chair), Clinical Health Psychologist, UCL

Discussion, exhibition and reception (6:30pm) UCL Anthropology, University College London, 14 Taviton Street, London, WC1H 0BW

(PLEASE SEE SEPARATE EVENTBRITE BOOKING for film screening at 5pm -  Lecture Theatre 1, UCL Cruciform building, Gower Street, London, WC1E 6BT)


Aarathi Prasad (, 020 7679 5890/07507 195 665)

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UCL Archaeology
G6 Lecture Theatre
31-34 Gordon Square
WC1H 0PY London
United Kingdom

Tuesday, 25 March 2014 from 18:30 to 20:30 (GMT)

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UCL Science, Medicine, and Society Network

The Science, Medicine & Society Network is a UCL initiative set up to create a mechanism for inter-disciplinary collaboration looking at social, economic, legal, behavioural and ethical aspects of health and wellbeing, in addition to the biological and technical. The Commission on Culture and Health for The Lancet was set up to review health practices as they relate to culture, to identify and evaluate pressing issues, and recommend lines of required research.


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