Stop Torture: How Activists Can Campaign for Safeguards
Saturday, 14 February 2015 from 11:00 to 15:30 (GMT)
San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
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A conference organised by Amnesty International UK's Country Coordinators.
Modern societies recognise that torture and ill-treatment are unacceptable at all times and in all circumstances. Torture is condemned by the General Assembly of the United Nations as an offence to human dignity and prohibited under national and international law.
Yet torture persists. What can we as activists do to root out torture wherever it happens?
One way to eradicate torture is to make sure effective safeguards are in place. This conference will discuss:
- Why safeguards matter and how much difference they can make
- When/where they should be effectively introduced
- How to campaign for safeguards
Craig Murray and three other prominent guest speakers will discuss these issues at a special Amnesty International UK event organised by AIUK’s country coordinators. Craig Murray is the former UK ambassador to Uzbekistan and outspoken critic of torture. In 2002 in a speech to his fellow diplomats and Uzbekistani officials he highlighted the "prevalence of torture in Uzbekistani prisons.” He was removed from his post in October 2004. He’s also the author of Murder in Samarkand, a memoir of his experiences
Also speaking will be Frances Webber, Vice-Chair of the Institute of Race Relations, a human rights lawyer, writer and coordinator of London Friends of Ali Aarrass.
Rhian Beynon is Communications Manager of Freedom from Torture.
Rhiannon has worked in PR and communications working on a range of rights-based campaigns for the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants, Christian Aid, Age Concern England and Family Action.
Rupert Knox was Amnesty International's researcher on Mexico, one of the five countries our Stop Torture campaign is focussing on.
There will also be workshops on the five countries which Amnesty is featuring in its Stop Torture Campaign: Mexico, Morocco, Nigeria, the Philippines and Uzbekistan.
All speakers are speaking in their own capacity.
Hot drinks and a light lunch will be provided.
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