Current work

Q-CAT’s work has several strands                                                                                       * see Main Menu

Keeping people informed

a)     We have two series, Newsletters and Briefings, which alternate at approximately six-weekly intervals.  If you wish to be added to our emailing list to receive these direct, please contact

The *Newsletters usually have a round-up of recent press or website articles on subjects related to torture, news about recent and forthcoming events, and sometimes longer articles about current issues.

  • The most recent, No 35 for March 2019, includes Update: development of guidelines on ethical investigative interviewing; Freedom from Torture report on Sri Lanka; Submission to the UN Committee against Torture; Events: Nicholas Mercer speaking in Durham; protest at the DSEI Arms Fair; Cycle against Torture; Q-CAT at Britain Yearly Meeting.   The next Newsletter is due out in June 2019.

The *Briefings are longer, more in-depth papers on relevant matters of interest.

  • The most recent, No 61 for April 2019, UK Torture Review – Inspection due in April 2019, is about the four-yearly inspection of the UK under the terms of the UN Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment.  The next Briefing is due out in mid-July.

b)     *the Friend

We also post material on torture which has appeared in the Friend, the Quaker weekly publication.

*Events – further details on Events page

These currently include

  • Performances of Feeding the darkness, shining a light on state-sanctioned torture through story, poem and song.

Holding the Government to account

For example, we have written to the Secretary of State for Defence enquiring what guidance is available to British military personnel who think they may have received an order contravening British or international law.

Working with other bodies which focus on torture

At a national level we are discussing how to develop partnership working and will post details when they are available.  Locally we encourage joint action and projects by Quaker meetings with other bodies such as branches of Amnesty International, Freedom from Torture and local peace groups.

Developing our register of contacts

Q-CAT welcomes feedback on our Newsletters and Briefings and invites Quakers and non-Quakers to register to receive them.  If you wish to be added to our emailing list please contact

Encouraging interested people to become involved

Q-CAT has opportunities for people to volunteer for the Concern (e.g. trustee roles, website support, research and writing on torture, running local meetings and events and we welcome suggestions for other work).  Please contact our convenor, Juliet Morton, if you are interested.