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 32 for June 2018, includes reference to the UK Government’s apology to Abdel Hakim Belhaj and Fatima Boudchar for rendition, forthcoming revision of Consolidated Guidance on the Detention and Interviewing of Detainees Oversees, the appointment of Gina Haspel as director of the CIA, the Iraq Historic Allegations team and the UN International Day in Support of Victims of Torture.  The next Newsletter is due out in September 2018.

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

  • The most recent, No 58 for July 2018, is titled Britain complicit in torture and is a detailed response to the Intelligence and Security Committee Report Detainee Mistreatment and Rendition  2001 – 2010.  The next Briefing is due out in October.

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
  • Conference Preventing Torture – Effective Action 3.11.18 at Friends House

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 was 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

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.