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Dangerous Times

Perspectives on torture, shifting global politics and respect for human rights

Please join us on the UN International Day in Support of Victims of Torture for a panel discussion. The discussion will be moderated by Walkley award-winning journalist, Richard Ackland AM. Speakers include STARTTS CEO and IRCT President, Jorge Aroche and international human rights advocates.

The panel will discuss insights in relation to torture in the context of a shift to the right in global politics, where torture is seen as more acceptable. They’ll also discuss increased attacks on human rights activists, journalists and human rights workers and more people being forcibly displaced. The panel will also explore the right to rehabilitation and how torture as a practice can be prevented and combated.


  • Sekai Holland, former Zimbabwean senator and Co-Minister of State for National Healing, Reconciliation and Integration, activist, torture survivor
  • Michael Kirby AC CMG, former High Court Justice, author of the UN Human Rights Council Report of the Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in North Korea
  • Rabia Siddique, criminal and human rights lawyer, former war crimes prosecutor, author of Equal Justice, hostage survivor
  • Richard Ackland, award-winning journalist, lawyer and publisher
  • Jorge Aroche, STARTTS CEO and president, International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims (IRCT).

Special performance by cellist Yasmine Urquhart of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

Hosted by STARTTS with the International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims.



Tuesday 26 June 2018 from 6pm to 8.30pm


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