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Programme of the International Seminar 2007, "The ban on torture: a principle under threat"
29 April – 2 May 2007

May 2007

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The ban on torture: a principle under threat

The ban on torture: a principle under threat

Lungern (Canton of Obwald, Switzerland), 29 April – 2 May 2007

 

Provisional programme (summary)

Day

Time

Content

29 April

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Arrivals. Early evening: opening of seminar

Day 1

Monday

30 April

 

 

 

 

 

9.00 am

10.45 am

11.15 am

 

 

 

12.30 pm

2.30 pm

3.30 pm

4.30 pm

5.00 pm

6.00 pm

Why is this principle under threat? Fear – security – the fight against terrorism

Opening of the session and introduction to the theme of the day

Mime artist: Isabelle Schweitzer; followed by an outline of replies received from the ACATs

Break

Round-table discussion on the impact of fear and security concerns on government action and civil society, with Rachela Erel (Public Committee Against Torture in Israel – PCATI),

Sam Mohochi (Independent Medico-Legal Unit of Nairobi, Kenya) and Alberto Bondolfi (Professor of Ethics, University of Lausanne)

Meal

Workshops: Formulating questions for further discussion

Discussion in plenary

Break

Reflection: A Christian point of view*

What does it mean for us?

Day 2

Tuesday

1 May

 

 

 

9.00 am

10.00 am

 

11.00 am

11.30 am

12.30 pm

2.30 pm

3.30 pm

4.30 pm

5.00 pm

6.00 pm

Torture: what it is, the debate, the terms used to refer to it or to conceal it

Introduction to the theme of the day (boards or projection)

Talk by Malcolm Evans, (to be confirmed): What is torture? – definitions and euphemisms

Break

Talk by Paz Rojas, Chilean doctor : The strategies of a torture regime

Meal

Workshops: Torture systems, how they function and reactions in different countries

Discussion in plenary

Break

Reflection: A Christian point of view*

What does it mean for us?

Day 3

Wednesday

2 May

 

 

 

 

9.00 am

9.30 am

 

10.30 am

11.00 am

 

 

12.30 pm

2.30 pm

4.00 pm

4.30 pm

6.30 pm

Combating the threat to the ban on torture

Introduction to the theme of the day

Talk by Eric Prokosch (former research coord., Amnesty International, London): Combating the ticking bomb argument in the context of the ‘war’ on terror

Break

Round-table discussion on the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture (OPCAT), with Thomas Greminger (Ambassador, Swiss Foreign Ministry), Edouard Delaplace (APT) and Rachela Erel (Public Committee Against Torture in Israel – PCATI)

Meal

Reflection: Why torture is banned – fundamental convictions as to what it means to be human*

Break

Drawing conclusions and winding up

Ecumenical service (FIACAT 20th anniversary)

 

* These theological and philosophical discussions will be led by the Reformed Pastor Kä Mana (Professor of ethics, metaphysics and African thought at the Higher Institute of Education for Societies in Transition, Cameroon), the Catholic philosopher Hubert Hausemer (Chairman of the Luxembourg Justice and Peace Commission) and the Orthodox lay theologian Michel Stavrou (Professor at the St Sergius Institute, Paris).

 

 

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