Friday, May 19, 2006

Hello

Welcome to Bloggers Against Torture!


As many of you know, there is growing evidence that Coalition governments, including the United States, are systematically engaging in the use of torture and inhuman treatment as part of the Global War on Terror. As citizens of these nations, we have a responsibility to keep our own governments accountable. We want to make our voice heard, and say, "this is not consistent with our shared values!"


Ah, but standing up against injustice can be lonely business. Who is hearing what we have to say, and are we making a difference?


I believe the key is to network and synergise with others. That's where this blogroll comes in. It's a simple idea: you join up and, if you want, you add the blogroll to your own blog. The image points to a central NGO campaign, and instantly you are linked by other like-minded people, to share information, and to remind one another that we're working together.


I've timed the creation of this blog to coincide with Torture Awareness Month, which is coming real soon in June. This is our opportunity to help out the fine organisations listed on the right in their campaign, by talking about torture, by participating in the activities on the website, and by encouraging our readers to their website. Right now Technorati tells me that there are only 18 mentions of the Torture Awareness Campaign in the blogosphere. I reckon if a few good bloggers join together, we can help make their campaign a success.

List all torture incidents | List deaths | List by technique | List by location
Public support | Government policy | Accountability & cover-ups | Rendition | FoIA docs | NGO reports & legal actn
Consequences & blowback | The New Iraq & other broken promises | The media | The noble few