...any act by which severe pain or suffering, whether physical or mental, is intentionally inflicted on a person for such purposes as obtaining from him, or a third person, information or a confession, punishing him for an act he or a third person has committed or is suspected of having committed, or intimidating or coercing him or a third person, or for any reason based on discrimination of any kind, when such pain or sufferingis inflicted by or at the instigation of or with the consent or acquiescence of a public official or other person acting in an official capacity. It does not include pain or suffering arising only from, inherent in, or incidental to, lawful sanctions.
UN Convention Against Torture
Welcome to acat(uk)
acat(uk) was formed in 1984 by the then British Council of Churches, with the active support of Amnesty International and Society of Friends. acat(uk) is affiliated to the International Federation of Action by Christians for the Abolition of Torture (FIACAT) in Paris, and is a Body in Association with Churches Together in Britain and Ireland (CTBI). acat(uk)'s aim is to work, as Christians, for the abolition of torture worldwide. We seek to increase awareness in the Churches and among Christians of the widespread and evil use of torture and the need, for reasons of Christian faith, to campaign for its abolition.
Torture is totally banned in international law under ALL circumstances, including war, civil war, internal conflict and terrorist attack (Article 2 of the UN Convention Against Torture). There is no opt out but people still think that torture can be used in special circumstances - witness what happened after 9/11 when some argued that its use could be justified then.
- to work as Christians, for the abolition of torture worldwide
- to increase awareness of the widespread and evil use of torture
- to campaign for its total abolition
- to be a powerhouse of Prayer
- to obtain information on specific examples of torture world wide
- to write letters to governments in countries where torture is practised calling for its abolition
- to support the victims of torture and ill treatment
- to pray for the tortured and the torturers
- to keep abreast of legislation relating to torture