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 from.qcat@hotmail.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 sometimes longer articles about current issues.

  • The most recent, No 37 for September 2019, includes Update: Allegations of UK complicity in torture overseas; UN torture conference postponed; Public consultation  ~ Other Q-CAT activities: UK must not sell tools for torture; Q-CAT commissions.  The next Newsletter is due out in December 2019.

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

  • The most recent, No 63 for October 2019, MoD consultation on Military Immunity,  concerns the public consultation on new measures to provide stronger legal protections for serving and former armed forces personnel from alleged historical offences. Q-CAT responded to this consultation because of its worry that this might lead to a way of covering up abuse, inhuman and degrading treatment or even torture. The next Briefing is due out in mid-January

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

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.

We are writing to the Defence Secretary to object to her proposal to grant members of the armed forces immunity from prosecution after 10 years.

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 from.qcat@hotmail.com.

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. juliet@mortonpq.plus.com.