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 email@example.com.
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 one or two longer articles about current issues.
- The most recent, Newsletter No 28 for June 2017, includes a round-up of recent items from linked websites: on UK policy, on UK involvement with countries with bad human rights records and on torture abroad. Then Events (as on Events page), an update on Feeding the Darkness, looking at information about the UK in Does Torture Prevention Work, and a report on the recent Trustees’ Meeting. The next Newsletter is due out in September 2017.
The *Briefings are longer, more in-depth papers on relevant matters of interest.
- The most recent, No 53 for May 2017, is titled The UK and its torture trade and deals with UK involvement in export of equipment which can be used for torture.
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
- Highlighting the UN International Day in Support of Victims of Torture 27th June
- Proving Torture, a talk by Dr Bernie Gregory of Freedom from Torture, at Colwyn Bay Quaker Meeting House at 2pm and Chester Quaker Meeting House at 7pm on 7th July 2017
- Q-CAT Workshop Quakers and Torture – 10 Questions to get us thinking, during the Quaker Yearly Meeting Gathering 29th July to 5th August 2017
- Demonstration at the Arms Fair (Defence and Security Equipment International) in September
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.
- For example, in North Wales in May/June 2016 Q-CAT and Journeymen Theatre worked with a coalition comprising North Wales Area Quaker Meeting, Colwyn Bay Quakers, Conwy County Peace Group and Amnesty International in a “Peace Works” weekend of peace and human rights drama (including Feeding the Darkness). Journeymen Theatre often perform for similar local concerns. A meeting of this sort will be held again, 8th – 10th September 2017.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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. email@example.com.