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Helen Bamber OBE, one of our co-founders and first director, died last year at the age of 89. This week her memorial service was organised by the Helen Bamber Foundation and held at St Martin's-in-the-Fields, London. Tony Samuel, our Director of Fundraising and Communications, was one of a number of Freedom from Torture staff who attended to honour Helen's life and work:
Juliet Cohen

Juliet Cohen head of doctors at Freedom from Torture

This blog is based on a speech at our recent joint Doctors Against torture conference with the BMA and Amnesty international.
The flogging in Saudi Arabia of blogger Raif Badawi for criticising the country's hardline religious establishment has been postponed for the second time for medical reasons, according to Amnesty International.
Doctors working with survivors of torture and other trauma need to be alert to their own self-care, argues Dr Angela Burnett, Lead Doctor and Responsible Officer for Freedom from Torture, and GP.
Pope Francis
The visit of Pope Francis to Sri Lanka offers a vital opportunity to push for accountability and transparency on human rights violations.
Today's polls confirm that Maithripala Sirisena has ousted long-time leader Mahinda Rajapaka in Sri Lanka's presidential election.
Freedom from Torture doctors and Kolbassia Haoussou of Survivors Speak OUT are among the speakers at a one-day conference we are co-hosting with Amnesty International, the British Medical Association and The British Medical Journal as media partner.
It is  difficult to celebrate our 30th anniversary: after all, we exist because torture exists. But we do want to use this year to highlight the magnificent achievements of our founders, staff, volunteers - and, above all, survivors of torture who continue on the path to rehabilitation. We also want to reflect on the future.
David Cameron
Freedom from Torture is one of nine human rights organisations to co-sign a letter to Prime Minister David Cameron calling for a judicial probe into allegations of UK involvement in the torture of CIA detainees. The letter says:
Christmas is a special time of year, but for many torture survivors it can also be one of the hardest, particularly those with young families facing financial struggles. So many clients who are parents will find it difficult to offer their children the treats and toys that many children expect at this time.

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