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A World Without Torture?

September 11, 2010

A World Without Torture?
IRCT Announces New Campaign…

The International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims has launched a new social media campaign, World Without Torture, “to enable citizens around the world to engage directly in combating torture and supporting torture victims.”
            The greatest threat to the fight against torture is apathy: that we silently accept that torture exists,” noted the IRCT’s announcement. The campaign, initially on both Facebook and Twitter, will include personal stories from torture victims, global torture fighters and those who have been touched by torture, along with factual information on torture. Links to the new campaign are below:  

…and Without Landmines?

The presidents of the American Medical Association, American College of Physicians, American Nurses Association, American Academy of Pediatrics, and more than a dozen other leading health associations asked President Obama to join the Landmine Ban Treaty. The Obama Administration is currently conducting a formal review of US landmine policy. Eighty percent of the world’s nations and nearly all US allies have now banned the weapon.
            “As health professionals see first-hand, landmines kill, amputate and blind men, women and children,” they wrote in their letter. Antipersonnel mines “propel shrapnel, vegetation and contaminated soil and debris into soft tissue and bone, often producing severe infection,” they continued. “We urge you to support a US ban on these inherently indiscriminate weapons.”
            “Imagine your child stepping on a landmine on the way to school, losing a limb and facing this trauma without access to basic medical care. It’s a horrific scenario, yet that is the reality for many landmine victims around the world today.”
            Today’s letter was organized by Physicians for Human Rights (PHR). As a founding member of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines, PHR shared the 1997 Nobel Peace Prize. (photo below from International Campaign to Ban Landmines.)

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  1. September 13, 2010 10:22 AM

    Ben, we at the IRCT are really grateful for your help to promote our vision of a World Without Torture.

    Everybody else: did you know that Ben has produced a brilliant video spot for us, called “Be part of the solution!” (watch it here: http://www.irct.org/news-and-media/multimedia/video/be-part-of-the-solution.aspx). Check it out, it’s great!

    By the way, check out this radio interview with the authors of a brand new book about torture called “Because it’s wrong”; compelling stuff!

    • September 13, 2010 12:42 PM

      Many thanks, Sune. We’re happy to have the opportunity to support in a small way the crucial work that IRCT and it’s member groups do every day in support of torture survivors. Along with the documentary film I’m working on (http://www.refugemediaproject.org/projects.refuge.php), we see this blog as a way to facilitate communication among individuals and organizations working in this field.

      In that regard, I’d like to take this opportunity to mention that we would love to receive more comments and news items, as well as “guest” postings (or longer articles) from any folks who are actually doing the work — or from survivors themselves. You can contact me at ben@refugemediaproject.org and there’s some information about what we’re looking for here: http://blog.refugemediaproject.org/about/

      A tech note: the link to the video spot which you provided may not work because the final parenthesis “)” is included in the link — delete that and it works fine:
      http://www.irct.org/news-and-media/multimedia/video/be-part-of-the-solution.aspx

      Folks can also see the spot, and a couple of other short videos we’ve posted on our website at: http://www.refugemediaproject.org/projects.video.detail.php?v=3#video

      Also, it looks like you didn’t include a link to the radio interview you mentioned. I’d love to hear it, and will probably include the post in our next “Resources” post — unless you’d like to write a review yourself?????

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