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Recently, four members of SSO travelled to Brussels to meet with service users at Ulysse-SSM, a mental health charity working with refugees, and then moved onto Paris for a conference, ‘Beyond our borders: accompanying and treating differently’, organised by Centre Primo Levi, a mental health service supporting torture survivors.
On Saturday September 17, 200 Freedom from Torture supporters, clients and former clients will be joining thousands of others in marching to demonstrate support for refugees. Our supporters are already sharing their reasons for taking part:
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During Refugee Week, we are proud to announce that the Survivors Speak OUT network of activists who are former Freedom from Torture clients, have been honoured by the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants and the “I am a Refugee Campaign” celebrating the c
Members of the Survivors Speak OUT (SSO) activist network have shared their views about the asylum system with Keir Starmer MP, Labour’s shadow Immigration Minister.
Freedom from Torture, Asylum Aid and Survivors Speak OUT, who all  work with refugees in the UK, are highlighting concerns that the Home Office is jeopardising the UK’s implementation of its high profile global initiative on preventing sexual violence.
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Freedom from Torture and Survivors Speak Out respond to the publication of the government-commissioned Shaw Revie

A Tamil woman on a bus in Kilinochchi, Sri Lanka. (Photo: Will Baxter) The Sri Lankan military, police and intelligence services have continued to practise torture – including rape and other forms of sexual torture and extensive burning – in the years of 'peace' since the end of the armed conflict - See: Tainted Peace: Torture in Sri Lanka since May 2009

Join Freedom from Torture in supporting 16 Days of Activism against Gender Based Violence - a global initiative aimed at coordinating action to end violence against women and girls.
Tracy, a former client of Freedom from Torture and now an activist with the Survivors Speak OUT network, tells Parliament that when you are desperate, a 'do or die situation' doesn't matter.
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Freedom from Torture and the Survivors Speak OUT network are among more than 250 charities, community organisations, churches and others that have signed up to the "Birmingham Declaration", a set of principles for working with asylum-seeking and migrant communities in the UK.

From left to right: Shameem Sadiq-Tang - FfT Survivor Activism Manager, Kolbassia Haoussou - Survivors Speak OUT Coordinator, Mark Thomson - Secretary General, Association for the Prevention of Torture, Lee Hegarty - Head of Convention against Torture Initiative, Signe Lind, Project Officer Convention against Torture Initiative

Shameem Sadiq-Tang, survivor acti

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