Brussels, 22 June 2012 - The International Federation of Action by Christians for the Abolition of Torture (FIACAT) held its International Council in Brussels (Belgium) from 20 to 22 June 2012. During the previous three days, twenty-five ACATs had met at a seminar to discuss « Ways of looking at human dignity : what contribution can Christians make ? »
Several delegates from African ACATs were unable to attend because they had been refused visas. Discussions among ACATs enabled each of them to share their experiences and problems, to find solutions and to build bridges.
These discussions led to further talks at the International Council, during which three basic texts were adopted. FIACAT has adopted a new Charter, incorporating lessons learned during its twenty-five years of expertise on the international stage. It has also adopted a mission statement and a charter of good governance.
The various discussions and new texts adopted acted as a springboard for work on strategic priorities for the next four years, namely :
preventing acts of torture in places of detention, increasing the commitment of national authorities to abolishing the death penalty, combating forced disappearances, protecting members of the network, strengthening the ACATs’ international representation and regional cooperation and, finally, updating the Norbert Kenne training cycle for African trainers, to bring it into line with the reality in Africa.
FIACAT is pleased to welcome a new international Bureau, elected for four years, with a remit to meet these objectives. The members are:
Sylvie Bukhari-de Pontual (France) – President
Ronald Albert (Canada) – treasurer
Jeanne Chambonnière (Belgium)
Bernadette Jung (Germany)
Bernard Sagara (Mali)
Massimo Corti (Italy)
Jean-Bernard Marie (France)
Two new ACATs have joined the Federation, namely:
ACAT Liberia ;
ACAT United States. This brings the number of affiliated ACATs to twenty-six (26).
After 25 years, we can report that our sense of common purpose is stronger than ever. FIACAT’s aim is to express a strong Christian commitment internationally to defending the worldwide abolition of torture and the death penalty.
Sabrina Aït-Aoudia : +33 (0)1 42 80 01 60 - firstname.lastname@example.org