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"I was loud before. I'm louder now. Torture didn't silence me." (Kolbassia Haoussou, SSO Coordinator)

This photo was taken as part of our Survivors' Poverty Photo Project.

This morning, the High Court ruled that the Home Office acted unlawfully in setting payments to meet the essential living needs of asylum seekers.
Freedom from Torture counsellor Perico Rodriguez sees parallels between the 30-year struggle for human rights and justice in Latin America during the '70s, and the fight currently taking place in Sri Lanka.

Guantanamo Bay detention centre

Yesterday, US senators voted to allow sections of the hotly-disputed report into the use of waterboarding and other torture by CIA interrogators to be made public. Early indications from congressional sources suggest that the report finds that this torture yielded no key evidence to assist the war on terror despite CIA claims to the contrary.
Sheila Hayman coordinator of the Write to Life group and two of its members will be travelling to Copenhagen to present a keynote address. Sheila writes more:
Update: It is positive that UN has mandated the Human Rights Commissioner to investigate human rights violations taking place during Sri Lanka's civil war.
In the run-up to this Mother's Day, Jocelyn Avigad Freedom from Torture's Family Services Manager considers the challenges torture survivor parents and children face in their attempt to rebuild family life with the help of the Children, Young People and Families Team.
Anbu* was detained and tortured by the Sri Lankan military during 2012. He is currently receiving treatment for the damage inflicted on him from the medical charity Freedom from Torture. Anbu explains why an international investigation into human rights abuses in Sri Lanka would mean so much to him, and other torture survivors.
A Lewisham couple's 'Dryathlon' has inspired their kids to undertake their own challenge – a whole month without eating sweets to raise money for Freedom from Torture.
Freedom from Torture's Doctor John Hayward explains why the international community must shine a light on human rights abuses in Sri Lanka past and present, when they meet at the Human Rights Council in Geneva next week.

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