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Baroness Anelay (left), FCO Minister for Human Rights and the Prime Minister’s Special Representative on Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict, Baroness Verma (middle), DFID Minister, and Zainab Bangura (right), the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict.

The importance of creating a safe environment and offering rehabilitation services to those fleeing sexual violence and other forms of torture from Syria were the themes of a roundtable hosted by torture survivors for UK Ministers and the UN Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict at Freedom from Torture today.
Ashraf Fayadh
Freedom from Torture, the UK-based human rights organisation, has condemned the punishment of flogging faced by Palestinian poet Ashraf Fayadh in Saudi Arabia.
Sonya Sceats, Director of Policy and Advocacy, Freedom from Torture, said: “Freedom from Torture has been documenting the physical and psychological consequences of torture for the purposes of torture survivors’ asylum claims since the charity was established in 1985.

Photo: Will Baxter

The participation of foreign judges is essential if survivors are to place their trust in Sri Lanka’s long-awaited justice process; and they are now placing their hope in the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights to ensure that Sri Lanka holds to its promises: these are the messages of a new report published by
UK armed forces 2003
Sonya Sceats, Director of Policy and Advocacy, Freedom from Torture, said:

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