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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.
In response to the latest immigration statistics and legislative proposals, Freedom from Torture's Policy Director, Sonya Sceats said:
Freedom from Torture, working with a coalition of other organisations, has recently won concessions for refused asylum seekers and other vulnerable migrants who would otherwise have been targeted by the Government's crackdown on so-called health tourism. Dr Angela Burnett writes about the latest NHS charging policy affecting torture survivors.
In response to Home Secretary Theresa May, Susan Munroe, Chief Executive, Freedom from Torture, said: "The Home Secretary's refusal to participate in the EU's emergency resettlement programme is disappointing but does not preclude the UK from increasing the number of refugee resettlement places it offers on a voluntary basis.
The Conservative Party is preparing to form a government after one of the most closely fought elections in British history. What does this mean for torture survivors in the UK?
A very special competitor will be participating in the Morrison's Great Manchester 10k Run this Sunday. Farooq* from Afghanistan has been a client at Freedom from Torture since he arrived in the UK in 2011. Now after four years of support and therapy from the organisation, Farooq has decided he wants to give something back:
Torture in Iran: We review Rosewater06 May 2015
Rosewater, Jon Stewart's film about the torture of journalist Maziar Bahari in Iran in 2009, opens this weekend. Freedom from Torture's Rhian Beynon was at a preview at the U.S. Embassy:
We are very saddened by the loss of our patron, the writer Ruth Rendell, who died on Saturday 2 May at the age of 85.
Those of us who work with victims of human rights violations, whether in the NGO sector or in public services, can be affected by hearing detailed and harrowing stories about our clients' experiences. The effects can be wide ranging and include changes in our physical, psychological and social well-being and can even affect our view of the world we live in.
FfT in the media
Heart FM (10 April, 2015)
Ham & High (16 March, 2015)
The Guardian (28 January, 2015)
The Telegraph (16 January, 2015)
Channel 4 News (17 December, 2014)
The Observer (14 December, 2014)
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