[Event] Nothing can justify torture under any circumstances! With the OMCT, sign the Manifesto!

Nothing can justify torture under any circumstances! With the OMCT, sign the Manifesto!
http://www.omct.org/international-campaigns/campaign-prohibition-torture/#campaign_signing_form

Dear Friends,

For your information, a two-persons team has arrived at the OMCT to work on the forthcoming 26th of June “International day in supports of victims of torture”. Sarah Petitpierre and Cécile Aubert will coordinate the communication for the event. They will also help us spread the Manifesto and collect signatures for our International Campaign for the Absolute Prohibition of Torture and Ill-treatment.

We also would like to inform you that, following the recent mailing regarding the Manifesto and the International Day of June 26, 2011, we shall enter into contact with you in the near future either by E-mail or by phone in order to reflect together on these issues.

For your information, we organized our work this way:

Cécile Aubert:                        Americas, Europe –   ca@omct.org
Sarah Petitpierre:                  Africa, Asia –              sp@omct@org

Concerning the 26th of June 2011 day (events organized around the 26th of June 2011):

At this stage, we offer communication support for each member of the network and for active organizations regarding their planned 26th of June 2011 day events.

Should you decide to organize a special action, we shall be delighted to proceed with/for you. Practically speaking, we plan to create on our website  (http://www.omct.org/fr/) a special page regarding the 26th of June and to give it a visual priority.

All organisations having organized an event and willing to participate will be presented to the public, indicating their website, following their agreement.

Such a process will not only increase visibility to your projects but also to your organization.

Also, being on Facebook, we also plan to use this vast network to do the same (special page on the 26th of June, presentation of the events, organizations, websites), here again to allow increasing visibility of your projects.

Regarding the Manifesto “International Campaign for the Absolute Prohibition of Torture and Ill-treatment”: our goal is to increase the number of signatures collected!

1. Sensitization by E-mail

As for the collection of signatures for the Manifesto, we have developed an awareness action by e-mail, with the sentence and the link that you’ll find at the top right side of the current e-mail, to enable all our interlocutors, with some “clicks”, to sign the Manifesto for an absolute prohibition of torture and ill-treatment and to spread it.

We propose the OMCT’s network members to do the same, with the idea to spread this campaign and to accelerate the collection of signatures. Indeed, we believe that it is by increasing, spreading and multiplying the number of signatures that we can demonstrate, as members of the worldwide civil society the importance to this important movement.

We propose, should you consider it relevant and appropriate for your organization, to systematically include that sentence and the link regarding the campaign in all e-mails sent in the appropriate language (we have prepared 3 models, French, English and Spanish). I’ll include them below so that you may consider it an interesting approach to implement it within your organization, among your colleagues, your network. Unfortunately, we do not have for the moment the proper support for other languages.

French

Nulle circonstance ne permet de tolérer la torture! Avec l’OMCT, signez le Manifeste!

http://www.omct.org/fr/international-campaigns/campaign-prohibition-torture/#campaign_signing_form

English
Nothing can justify torture under any circumstances! With the OMCT, sign the Manifesto!

http://www.omct.org/international-campaigns/campaign-prohibition-torture/#campaign_signing_form

Spanish

Ninguna circunstancia permite tolerar la tortura! Con la OMCT, firme el Manifiesto!

http://www.omct.org/es/international-campaigns/campaign-prohibition-torture/#campaign_signing_form

The advantage of this approach we believe is to allow increasingly worldwide awareness regarding the campaign and its urgency. It also allows an easy and efficient way to collect signatures.

Moreover, it is absolutely free, requiring only few clicks to sign, along with high level persons such as Martti Ahtisaari, Kofi Annan, Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clezio, Rigoberta Menchu, Jose Ramos-Horta, Adolfo Perez Esquivel, Joseph Stiglitz, Desmond Tutu and Jimmy Carter, among others.

NB: For your information, it is generally not necessary to translate the Manifesto. You’ll find at the bottom of the form to fill online, at the right side of the document, a space named “language” that will translate the text in the language of your choice. The translation service being computerized, may perhaps not be ideal, but it allows a very general public to understand both the text of the manifesto and how/where to fill the form.

2. Possibility to check the evolution by country

As you’ll see also when visiting the page, it is possible to observe trends in harvesting signatures by country, which may be a good tool, and hopefully in the future, an argument in order to approach the concerned authorities, for a positive evolution of the situation.

3. What about to copy / paste the link of the Campaign on your site?

Should you support the Campaign, it is also possible to add the link of the Campaign on your website. To proceed, just copy and paste the appropriate link, thereby encouraging visitors to click and sign online. In English, the link is the following:

Nothing can justify torture under any circumstances! With the OMCT, sign the Manifesto!

http://www.omct.org/international-campaigns/campaign-prohibition-torture/#campaign_signing_form

We also would like to draw you attention to the fact that this campaign is an international campaign. We think it deserves to be centralized to allow a same speech, and a common position on all sides of the world. Therefore, to allow an objective view of the situation, if this campaign interests you, we kindly suggest you use the tool and the links we made available, with translation tools online.

Hoping that these few suggestions might interest you, we stay of course at your disposal to discuss these proposals. I’d be delighted to contact you during next week should this suits you.

Looking forward to talking to you soon. With our most sincere and respectful regards.

Sarah Petitpierre / Cécile Aubert
OMCT-World Organization Against Torture
International Secretariat
Communication Officers
Campaign 26 June 2011

tel.: +41 (0) 22 809 49 21 (Wed-Thu-Fri: 10.30 am – 14.30 pm)
E-mail: sp@omct.org   ca@omct.org
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