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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.
Freedom from Torture is urging the UK Prime Minister to pledge to resettle more refugees in the UK at the EU leaders' meeting and offer hope to those fleeing torture and other atrocities in the Middle East and Africa. Sonya Sceats, Freedom from Torture's Director of Policy and Advocacy, said:
Freedom From Torture supporter Steve Platt is attempting the momentous effort of running 1000 miles to raise £10000. In an incredible feat of strength and determination, Steve has set himself a goal of running 1000 miles in the course of a year, with the goal of massing over £10000 worth of sponsorship money for Freedom from Torture.
Former Freedom from Torture client Joy speaks to the BBC about her experiences in Yarl's Wood
Sonya Sceats, Director of Policy and Advocacy, said:
The Home Secretary should use the opportunity of the EU interior ministers' meeting today to make a voluntary pledge to increase the resettlement of vulnerable refugees to the U.K. Sile Reynolds, Lead Asylum Policy Advisor for Freedom from Torture, said:
Sile Reynolds, Lead Asylum Policy Advisor for Freedom from Torture, said: We strongly welcome the judgment on the Detained Fast Track today. Although survivors of torture are not supposed to be processed through this system, our medico-legal report service received 240 referrals for potential torture survivors in the Detained Fast Track last year.
Freedom from Torture is joining poet John Hegley and actor Niamh Cusack and other leading writers for Refugee Tales: A Walk in Solidarity with Refugees and Detainees (13-21 June), an 80-mile walk modelled on the Canterbury Tales.
Volunteers from Freedom from Torture North West have been honoured with the Queen's Award at Buckingham Palace. The Freedom from Torture North in the West has been awarded the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service, in recognition of their superb work in helping to improve the lives of torture survivors.
In response to the latest immigration statistics and legislative proposals, Freedom from Torture's Policy Director, Sonya Sceats said:
FfT in the media
Gay Star News (19 June, 2015)
BBC Radio 4 (16 June, 2015)
Politics.co.uk (15 June, 2015)
The Independent (6 May, 2015)
The Huffington Post (29 April, 2015)
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