10 days of activism against torture

  • November 29, 2012

Dear Members of the SOS-Torture Network,

We allow ourselves to contact you for your support and participation in the upcoming 10th of December, the Human Rights Day.

As part of the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT) global campaign that many of you have already endorsed ‘Nothing can justify torture’ we are launching 10 days of activism against torture and ill-treatment.

Each day, from the 1st of December to the 10th of December, we will bring to light on a dedicated page of OMCT’s website, the struggle of ten human rights defenders against torture (the portraits will be available in English, French and Spanish). We hope to illustrate through these profiles the different features of the global fight against torture in different regions of the world in order to raise broad public support to the global cause against torture.

We kindly invite you to discover the ten portraits (from Colombia, India, Kenya, Philippines, Poland, Russia, Togo, Tunisia, Turkey and Uruguay) but as well to join the initiative bycirculating them among your respective websites and networks or to make use of these portray or refer to them as you may feel fit.  As in previous years we are also able to refer to your initiatives as part of nothing can justify torture on our website.

The campaign will kick off on the 1st of December in Geneva with a “Flash Mob”.  The objective of the Flash Mob will be to alert and sensitize the public opinion to theabsolute prohibition of torture and ill-treatment. If you happen to be in Geneva on December 1st please join us at 3:00 pmPlace du Molard (in front of “Globus”).  Look for the red umbrellas!

Please let us know whether you are willing to endorse the campaign and/or disseminate the profiles through your respective networks. Also don’t hesitate to contact us should you have any questions or comments.  For any practical question regarding the 10 days of activism please contact my colleagues Alexandra Kossin (ak@omct.org) and Pierre Henri Golly (phg@omct.org ).

Many thanks in advance for your kind consideration.

Best wishes

Gerald Staberock

Secretary General

World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT)

Geneva – Switzerland

Tel. +41 22 809 49 39

Fax. +41 22 809 49 29


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