Newsletters

When the series of newsletters first started they reflected the merger of Quaker Scheme for Befriending Overseas Prisoners (QSBOP) with the Quaker concern for the Abolition of Torture (Q-CAT) so up to No 9 the heading says Incorporating Inside Story, which was QSBOP’s newsletter. In fact there is no further mention of writing to prisoners after No 7 as that aspect of the merger dwindled.

2017 download list (PDF)
  • No 27 - March

    Good news: MPs are talking about torture; Government officials are to be held to account; Yes, Torture Prevention Works; Mendez’s procedural points are taken forward ~ UN International Day in Support of Victims of Torture; Feeding the Darkness; Trustees Meeting; 10 Questions workshop

2016 download list (PDF)
  • No 26 - DECEMBER

    In the news: Redefining torture; Home Office assessment of evidence of torture; “Vexacious” claims; Waterboarding in US; Released from Guantanamo Bay ~ Website; Action by Christians Against Torture; Feeding the Darkness

  • NO 25 - SEPTEMBER

    In the news: CPS not bringing charges against MI6; medical torture in Iran; Mendez addresses UN ~ Q-CAT activities: Feeding the Darkness; Q-CAT workshop; Trustees Meeting

  • NO 24 - JUNE

    In the news: row between M15 and M16 about British involvement in secret rendition; suppression of documents; Andrew Tyrie’s work; new claims by Kenyans ~ United Nations Day in Support of Victims of Torture ~ A simple message to get over, when talking to people about torture ~ “Feeding the Darkness” at BYM and Colwyn Bay ~ Q-CAT at BYM Groups Fair.

  • No 23 - March

    In the news: Shaker Aamer; Unreliable evidence ~ No torture, no compromise? The heart of darkness, secrets and lies – Review of chapter in On Liberty ~ Backsliding on the torture ban: Juan Mendez’s address to Freedom From Torture ~ Trailer for Feeding the Darkness presentation at Yearly Meeting

2015 download list (PDF)
  • No 22 - December

    In the news: Shaker Aamer; New head of Intelligence and Security Committee ~ Guardian in-depth reports on torture in October ~ Q-CAT Garden at Woodbrooke

  • No 21 - September

    Panorama Programme “Fighting Terror with Torture” ~ Quaker UN Office in Geneva: work related to that of Q-CAT ~ Stop the Arms Fair

  • No 20 - June

    Press release from website of Atlas of Torture about “Mandela Rules” on standards in the treatment of prisoners ~ Q-CAT at Meeting for Sufferings ~ Q-CAT at Yearly Meeting ~ The Human Rights Act ~ UN International Day in Support of Victims of Torture

  • No 19 - March

    In the news: UK Intelligence and Security Committee report on CIA Report; Doctors against Torture Conference ~ – Home Secretary announces an independent review of welfare in detention ~ Guantanamo Diary (book review) ~ Tributes to Chas Raws

2014 download list (PDF)
  • No 17 - September

    Update: Q-CAT’s work, duplication or a distinctive approach? ~ Report of Q-CAT at Yearly Meeting Gathering in Bath ~ Poem by MS

  • No 16 - June

    Update: A new inquiry begins; Have they responded yet?; “That was then”. Dare we hope that “This is now”? ~ UN International Day in support of victims of torture ~ Britain and Torture: 10 Questions to get us thinking, report of 2 workshops ~ Some thoughts on Torture, by Juliet Morton

  • No 15 - February

    Update:  Report of the Gibson Inquiry raises serious questions ~ Asylum seekers may be returned to danger of torture in Democratic Republic of Congo ~ An appreciation of Margaret Hodson’s work against the use of torture, by Juliet Morton

Pre-2014 download list (PDF)
  • No 14 - November 2013

    Update: UN Committee against Torture report; Intelligence and Security Committee ~ Report of visit from ACAT (France);~ Report of Freedom from Torture group visit to Woodbrooke ~ Report of UNA Meeting in Bangor ~ Amnesty International Stop Torture Campaign 2014

  • No 13 - June 2013

    Update: Torture victims honoured; A bad time for Human Rights in Britain; UN Report; Human Rights as political football; Syria; Oxford Research Group ~ Q-CAT at BYM ~ British Government concealment, secrecy and denial, by John Cockcroft

  • No 12 - February 2013

    Update ~ Report of Britain Tortures Too Conference ~ Q-CAT Garden: relocation to Woodbrooke ~ Cruel Britannia (book review)

  • No 11 - October 2012

    Update: Her Majesty’s Torturers; Secret Courts ~ Reflections on Q-CAT Garden, by Dori Miller

  • No 10 - June 2012

    Update ~ Report of 2 meetings one concerned with victims of torture (speaker Joanne Adams of Freedom from Torture) and the second with those caring for them (speaker Andy Branch, Quaker working at FfT) ~ Secrecy and Justice, by Juliet Morton

  • No 9 - February 2012

    Update ~ Q-CAT Garden for RHS Tatton Show 7/12 ~ Torture is a moral issue (book review) ~  From the archives “Torture and Inhuman Treatment”, by Eric Baker

  • No 8 - October 2011

    Update ~ Q-CAT at Yearly Meeting Gathering ~ The Interrogator (book review) ~   Torture and Complicity in it, by Juliet Morton

  • No 7 - June 2011

    Update ~ Gibson Inquiry ~ Risks to Democracy: Government and its use of communications expertise

  • No 5 - October 2010

    No future without forgiveness, by Chas Raws ~ Compassion, by Juliet Morton ~ Letter to my torturer (book review) ~ Writing to prisoners

  • No 4 - June 2010

    New Government, new opportunities, by Chas Raws ~ Ending torture: the next steps, day seminar at Woodbrooke 10/4/10 ~ A letter from America (Chuck Fager) ~ Writing to prisoners

  • No 3 - February 2010

    Update, by Chas Raws: On realising ideals; A new development; A Quaker response ~ Torture is effective – or is it?, by Juliet Morton

  • No 2 - October 2009

    Torture – Strictly forbidden? ~ Q-CAT at Yearly Meeting Gathering in York ~ Friends House conference in April 2009 ~ Writing to prisoners

  • No 1 - March 2009

    Reunion (of QSBOP and Q-CAT) ~ Fostering freedom and democracy: UK government’s official and unofficial stance, by Juliet Morton ~ Writing to prisoners ~Advertisement for Torture – Strictly Forbidden? Conference