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[Press Release] A new General Secretary at FIACAT

February 2012

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Paris, 2 February 2012

After thirty years serving the International Federation of Action by Christians for the Abolition of Torture (FIACAT) and its network, Marie-Jo Cocher, General Secretary of FIACAT, has retired. “She personnified the federation’s identity, this union of organisations uniting Christians of all denominations in the struggle for the abolition of torture and death penalty. It is with deep emotion that I warmely thank her commitment of a lifetime for the defense of human rights,” stated Sylvie Bukhari-de Pontual, President of FIACAT.

Sabrina Aït-Aoudia is succeeding her. She has worked for Human Rights Watch and UNDP in New-York (USA), International Outlook in Melbourne (Australia) with many field missions in Algeria, the French Human Rights League and the Association for Research and Treatment Against Cancer (ARTAC) in Paris (France). “Today her expertise as well as her international experience will enable FIACAT to efficiently pursue its mission” emphasised the President of FIACAT.

Proud to join FIACAT”, explained Sabrina Aït-Aoudia, “I will carry-on the path open by my predecessor for the absolute ban on torture and the abolition of the death penalty wherever it is still in use and in support of the ACATs in their efforts to support victims of torture and death penalty and their family.”

Press contact:
- Sabrina Aït-Aoudia: saa@fiacat.org - + 33(0) 1 42 80 01 60

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