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As Sri Lankans prepare to head for the polls on Monday 17 August, a new report by Freedom from Torture shows that one of the most urgent tasks faced by their new leadership will be to eradicate torture by the military and police, which is deeply entrenched and has tainted the country's peace since May 2009.
Sandi Toksvig presents Television and Radio Industries Award

Pictured left to right are Ainsley Harriott, television chef and a previous TRIC president; Emma Rowe, Partnership and Development Manager; Sandi Toksvig; and Noreen McKeever, Development Fundraiser.

Sandi Toksvig OBE - writer, presenter, comedian, actress, and producer on television and radio - has chosen Freedom from Torture to benefit from the donations of professionals working in the broadcasting and entertainment industries.
Barbed Wire

Barbed wire at Yarls Wood

Today, Minister of Immigration James Brokenshire announced the suspension and review of the Detained Fast Track asylum process Sile Reynolds, Freedom from Torture's Lead Asylum Policy Adviser, said
John McCarthy, is a journalist, writer and broadcaster. He was held hostage in Lebanon from 1986-1991. He has been a Freedom from Torture patron since 1993.
Tina Puryear, Training and Capacity Building Manager at Freedom from Torture shares the findings of a recent evaluation of Freedom from Torture's training work.
Professor Francesca Klug OBE
Freedom from Torture is delighted to announce that Professor Francesca Klug OBE, one of the UK's foremost authorities on human rights, has agreed to chair its Board of Trustees from January 2016.
On Saturday 18th July, on a beautiful summer's afternoon in St Mary in the Marsh, Gawain once again captivated a full house with his recital of TS Eliot's 'The Waste Land'. Gawain's wife, Nikki, interspersed the five sections with music from Kurt Weill, Vivian Ellis and Frank Bridge.
Maithripala Sirisena
Sonya Sceats, Director Policy and Advocacy at Freedom from Torture, said:
Sonya Sceats, Director of Policy and Advocacy, Freedom from Torture, said: "This report on Yarl's Wood is yet more evidence, if it were needed, that survivors of torture and others are being wrongly held in immigration detention, and legal protections like Rule 35 have become toothless in practice.
The Arsenal Foundation's football project with Freedom from Torture receives £27,000 ahead of the Club's FA Community Shield match on Sunday Per Mertesacker and Mesut Ozil made a return visit to a therapeutic football programme run by Arsenal in the Community and human rights charity Freedom from Torture this week.

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