“Without us, God has no ears; without us, God has no arms. God waits upon us, and relies on us.” (Archbishop Desmond Tutu, “God has a Dream”)
Christians Against Torture tries to stop torture and human rights abuses in two ways:
1. by writing letters to presidents and government officials, attorney generals and ambassadors on behalf of groups and individuals who are being persecuted;
2. by praying for these groups and individuals, asking God to protect them and bring truth, justice and compassion to the governing of those countries. We also pray for the leaders of those countries and those who enforce its laws and customs.
The Christians Against Torture group meets monthly at St. Mark’s Church. Please join us in praying and campaigning for all people who are being persecuted in God’s great world.
Please Pray For:
- Thank God for the release from prison of Mohammad Ali Dadkhah, Iran, human rights’ defender and lawyer for Pastor Yousef Nadarkhani. He was released on 16th January following an international outcry against his imprisonment and limited access to medical care. Pray that he will not be arrested again and that his health will improve now he is free.
- Thank God for the temporary release of Nasrin Sotoudeh, lawyer in Iran. She was arrested in 2010 and is serving a 6-year sentence for representing political activists. She has been reunited with her husband and children and receiving medical care after going on hunger strike while in jail. There is an international campaign for her to be permanently released.
- Zhu Chengzhi, China, a human rights’ defender arrested in June 2012 because he refused to stop investigating the suspicious death of labour activist Li Wangyang; he is being held incommunicado for 6 months.
- Hilal Mammadov, Azerbaijan, minority rights’ defender who was arrested in June 2012’ he was severely ill-treated and has been charged with treason and large scale manufacture of drugs. His official complaint about his torture has been rejected by the District Court and the Baku Appeals Court. This is a second appeal as there is a real fear that his life may be in danger.
- The Southern Peasant’ Federation of Thailand (SPFT) and the community farmers they are defending in Khlong Sai Pattana. The community has suffered violence, attacks on their homes and harassment from Jiew Kang Jue Pattana, a powerful palm oil company. Montha Chukaew and Pranee Boonrat of SPFT were murdered in November 2012. Please pray for the families of these murdered women.
- Johan Teterissa, Indonesia, the prisoner we have “adopted” as a group. Johan is a primary school teacher who was arrested in June 2007 when he led a peaceful protest during a government-organised event attended by the President of Indonesia. He and 21 other protesters (who were also arrested) unfurled the Benang Raja flag. Over the past few years more than 40 people have been arrested and imprisoned on charges of subversion, some for up to 17 years, for activities such as owning, sewing or transporting the ‘Benang Raja’ flag.
Prayers for February/March 2013:
Spirit of God, strengthen my faith, help me to hate the evil, to do all I can to stop torture and cruel treatment in Your world. But help me also to be concerned for and to love people who do these things. We ask this in Your name. Amen.
Heavenly Father, thank You so much for Your heart of compassion. Because You have commanded us to pray for the persecutors, I am lifting up to You today everyone who persecutes Christians and other religious minorities. I want to pray especially for the prison guards who have been severely beating Pastor Benham Irani. Please pour out Your blessings on these guards, move their hearts to mercy, and bring an atmosphere of peace in that prison. I ask this in the name of Your precious Son, Jesus. Amen.