Amnesty hosts public workshop

Workshop about torture is Thursday at the Vernon library

Amnesty International has launched a global campaign that invites ordinary people around the world to stand between the torturers and the tortured, by learning the truth and taking action.

To help people join the campaign, a series of community workshops are being offered throughout B.C., including one at the Vernon library Thursday from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

The free workshop will be led by Don Wright, an Amnesty International activism co-ordinator based in Vancouver.

“Torture is never justified,” said Wright.

“It’s inhumane and it is illegal under international law, yet it is still used in most countries, by governments that have signed treaties forbidding its use.”

The workshop has been designed to introduce participants to the nature of torture and the measures required to prevent torture in five target countries: Mexico, the Philippines, Morocco, Nigeria and Uzbekistan.

Part of the focus will be on identifying opportunities for community outreach, engaging local media outlets, and effective use of social media.

The workshop is open to everyone including high school students, and no previous experience with Amnesty International or campaigning required.

For more information about the workshop, contact Don Wright at dwright@amnesty.ca or 604-294-5160 extension 101.