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What We Do
To inform is an essential task for ACAT, since the states that allow torture are trying by all means to deny its existence. In newspaper articles, radio shows and through its specialized library and its bulletin, ACAT make Christians of all denominations and all citizens aware that torture is a reality and how much of a growing calamity it is becoming today.
Together with other associations, ACAT helps form a strong enough "PUBLIC OPINION" to put pressure on governments and hence, step by step, helps Mankind progress towards the abolition of torture and capital punishment.
We Take Action
This action mostly consists in writing letters to governments of countries where torture is used, calling for its abolition.
The many volunteers working for ACAT-Canada Commission of Interventions send more than 600 letters each year to government leaders in 80 countries.
An emergency fax and email network allows ACAT to quickly intervene in the event of an imminent threat of torture or capital punishment.
With individual and group prayers for the tortured and their torturers, ACAT brings together its members, the tortured and those awaiting capital punishment, in a spirit of compassion, hope and liberation. Evening prayers focus on the Scriptures and the life experience of those tortured.
The Solidarity-Prayer committee prepares and proposes models of prayer for groups or to help inspire personal prayer. Occasionally, the committee organizes meetings of prayer and one-day workshops.