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United Nations Day in Support of Victims of Torture
June 26, 2019 @ 12:00 - 13:00
UNITED NATIONS DAY
IN SUPPORT OF VICTIMS
Vigil: Bolton Priory 26 June at 12 noon
As some of you will already know, I am a trustee of a charity called
REDRESS. I was invited to join REDRESS IN 2011 after leaving the Army on
account of my stance for Prisoners of War.
REDRESS was founded by Keith Carmichael, who was detained, without
charge, in Saudi Arabia from 1981 to 1984 and tortured in prison. As a
result, his spine was severely fractured and he suffered other grave injuries.
Following his release, Keith established a specialist NGO, non governmental
organisation, that would assist survivors of torture obtain justice and
reparations. As a result, REDRESS was established in 1992 and is now one of
the most respected NGO’s in this field.
Sadly, torture is a global phenomenon, and today REDRESS is active in many
different parts of the world, having over 60 active cases and projects in
around 40 countries worldwide including in Africa, the Middle East, Europe,
Asia and the Americas.
REDRESS supports victims of torture such as Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, a
British-Iranian mother who still remains arbitrarily imprisoned in Iran.
Every year on 26 June, REDRESS joins survivors and human rights
organisations from across the globe to mark the United Nation’s
International Day in Support of Victims of Torture.
Why your support matters on the UN Day
in Support of Victims of Torture
‘This is a day on which we pay our respects to those who have
endured the unimaginable. This is an occasion for the world to
speak up against the unspeakable. It is long overdue that a day be
dedicated to remembering and supporting the many victims and
survivors of torture around the world.’
Kofi Annan, UN Secretary-General 1997-2006
This year we are holding a vigil for victims of torture at Bolton Priory on the
26 June at 12 noon. The vigil will consist of prayers and reflections for
victims of torture around the world and all those who can attend from
whatever faith community are invited to join us for an hour and help end
this barbaric practice.
‘God hears the groans of the prisoners’ Psalm 102
Revd Nicholas Mercer