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Action by christians against torture (UK)

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Action by Christians against Torture – ACAT-UK – was formed in 1984 by the then British Council of Churches, with the active support of Amnesty International and the Society of Friends. We are affiliated to the International Federation of Action by Christians for the Abolition of Torture – FIACAT – based in Paris, and are a Body in Association with Churches Together in Britain and Ireland.


Torture is totally banned in international law under ALL circumstances, including war and terrorist attack (Art.2 of the UN Convention against Torture). Our aim is to support Christians of all denominations to pray and to write letters of appeal to governments and others in countries where we know abuse and torture are practised. Publicising their actions can – and often does – lead to the end of torture, improvement of conditions of detention, or even release of the prisoners, who so very often are innocent of any criminal offence. We are totally against the use of the death penalty in any country where it is still employed.

Read more about the death penalty here

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