On Wednesday, 17 June 2015, The Anti-Torture Initiative launched the second edition of the #TortureFreeWorld Campaign, featuring a new website www.torturefreeworld.org. As explained in our launch press release, the #TortureFreeWorld website and campaign will be a platform for survivors, anti-torture advocates, and human rights experts and practitioners from around the world to share stories, experiences, and work together for a #TortureFreeWorld. This year’s campaign focuses not only on imagining a #TortureFreeWorld, but also on creating a #TortureFreeWorld. “A #TortureFreeWorld is not just something we imagine, it is something we work towards every day. As a survivor of torture I know how important it is to work in solidarity, support survivors and change laws and policies to truly realize a #TortureFreeWorld,” United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture Juan E. Méndez said at the launch of the campaign.
WORKING TOGETHER FOR A #TortureFreeWorld
For this year’s campaign, the ATI has partnered with six anti-torture organizations working in over 100 countries: the Association for the Prevention of Torture (APT), Center for Victims of Torture (CVT), International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims (IRCT), National Religious Campaign Against Torture (NRCAT), World Organization Against Torture (OMCT), and REDRESS. The new #TortureFreeWorld website will feature videos and other media depicting our vision of a #TortureFreeWorld and the partners’ work for a #TortureFreeWorld.
JUNE 26 #TortureFreeWorld WEBINAR
On June 26, 2015 from 10:00 – 11:00 AM EST, the ATI will host a webinar discussion led by Special Rapporteur on Torture Juan E. Méndez. The event will provide viewers with a unique opportunity to hear experts discuss their work for a #TortureFreeWorld and to submit questions and comments before and during the event. You can know view the video of our Webinar on the #TortureFreeWorld website.
Confirmed participants are:
– Juan E. Méndez, United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture
– Gerald Staberock, Secretary General, World Organizations Against Torture (OMCT)
– Carla Ferstman, Director, REDRESS
– Rev. Laura Markle Downton, Director, U.S. Prisons & Policy Program, National Religious Campaign Against Torture (NRCAT)
– Annie Sovcik, Director, Washington Office, Center for Victims of Torture (CVT)
You can share your stories, multimedia, and experiences via the “Get Involved” tool on the #TortureFreeWorld website (www.torturefreeworld.org). You can also email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Join the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture and other anti-torture advocates and practitioners on 26 June at 10:00 am EST for a one-hour live webinar. Submit your questions or comments to the Special Rapporteur by including the hashtag #TortureFreeWorld on Twitter, Facebook, by email at email@example.com.
A #TortureFreeWorld? Here’s what the Special Rapporteur on Torture had to say on the occasion of International Day in Support of Victims of Torture in 2014…
In 2014, prominent human rights activists from around the world also had some things to say about a #TortureFreeWorld! You can still tell us what you think on Twitter and Facebook today!
The United Nations Convention Against Torture (CAT) was ratified on June 26, 1987 and ten years later the United Nations General Assembly passed resolution 52/149 proclaiming 26 June International Day in Support of Victims of Torture. Organizations around the world commemorate this date with their own campaigns and the Anti-Torture Initiative will join the conversation by asking individuals to envision what a Torture Free World would look like to them.