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A unique literary auction offers bidders the chance to be immortalised as a character in an upcoming book by their favourite author.

Ahmed Shahid - UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

Today the United Nations' Special Rapporteur on the Islamic Republic of Iran, Ahmed Shaheed will present his latest report on human rights in the country to the United Nations General Assembly in New York.
Stown Flowers

Photo by Zac Sargeant

Stone Flowers, our Manchester based music group, have had great success with recent efforts to raise £7,000 in their bid to record and release an album of their original music.
The Palais des Nations, Geneva

The Palais des Nations, Geneva

A Freedom from Torture delegation is in Geneva to attend the United Nations' Human Rights Committee review of Sri Lanka. The following statement drawing attention to our forensic evidence of ongoing torture in Sri Lanka was read to the Committee last night before the review started:
Entrance to CIA headquarters

Entrance to CIA headquarters

An End to Torture Twelve Nobel Peace Prize laureates have written to President Barack Obama asking the US to close the dark chapter on torture once and for all. Please add your voice in support of their message. It will be forwarded to the President. And please share widely.

Some of the almost 50,000 files of torture survivors referred to Freedom from Torture (REUTERS/Dylan Martinez)

In light of its latest evidence, published today, Freedom from Torture is calling on Sri Lanka to allow free and unfettered access to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights as a matter of urgency and for the new Commissioner Prince Zeid Ra'ad Zeid al-Hussein to include ongoing torture in his investigations.
Six of London's top chefs donated their time and culinary expertise to create a memorable evening for food-loving Freedom from Torture supporters last night, helping to raise a total of £13,000 to support survivors of torture.

Alison Wetherfield (left) Phillippe Sands (right)

For those of you who were unable to attend Philippe Sands' powerful human rights lecture, delivered in honour of our late Chair of Trustees Alison Wetherfield at Inner Temple, there is now another chance.
Helen Bamber

Helen Bamber

Freedom from Torture clinician and torture survivor Perico Rodriguez shares his memories of Helen Bamber. "I first met Helen at a demonstration outside the Argentinian Embassy in London in 1979. She was wearing a white handkerchief over her hair - a symbol of solidarity with the Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo – though at the time I didn't understand the symbolism.
Helen Bamber OBE passes away

Helen Bamber OBE passes away

It is with great sadness that we learned of the passing of Helen Bamber, a co-founder of the Medical Foundation and our first director from 1985-2005, who died peacefully in her sleep yesterday afternoon aged 89. Freedom from Torture's Vice Chair of Trustees Daniel Dayan said on behalf of all trustees, staff and volunteers:

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