Discover ACAT: Christian NGO against torture and the death penalty


Action by Christians for the Abolition of Torture (ACAT) is an ecumenical human rights NGO. ACAT-France fights to reduce torture and the death penalty, defend the right to asylum and promote respect for the dignity of everyone.

The NGO Action des Chrétiens pour l'abolition de la torture (ACAT) aims to mobilize people of all faiths around the fights it supports, such as the fight against torture and the death penalty, the protection of victims or the defense of the right to asylum in France and Europe. 

Founded in 1974 by Edith du Tertre and Hélène Engel, two Protestant women committed to ecumenism, the association is recognized as being of public utility and popular education. 

ACAT carries out investigation, analysis, legal assistance and advocacy work. She carries out field missions, writes reports, files complaints before courts and also supports asylum seekers in their procedures, while raising public awareness on these issues, particularly through the media and activist demonstrations.

Its action is based on an active network of 27 members (members and donors) in 500 groups operating in France.

Every quarter, Humans magazine, analyzes the major subjects linked to the defense of human rights in France and the rest of the world. Humans affirms strong convictions through a humanist editorial line and responsible contributors such as teachers, lawyers, theologians and journalists.

Linda Caille, editorial manager of ACAT

To find out more about ACAT and its actions you can register at their newsletter

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