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Christians Against Torture, papers

Reference code(s): GB 0210 CHAGTO

Held at: National Library of Wales

Title: Christians Against Torture Papers

Short Title: Christians Against Torture, papers

Creation date(s): 1981-2000

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: 0.028 cubic metres (16 folders)

Name of creator(s): Christians Against Torture


Administrative/Biographical history: The Christians Against Torture Movement (CAT)/Cristnogion yn Erbyn Poenydio was launched in 1981 by the Council of Churches for Wales and works closely with Amnesty International and other human rights groups. The Reverend Roy Jenkins, General Secretary of the movement, was instrumental in its foundation. CYTÛN has since taken over from the Council of Churches for Wales. It provides support for the families of prisoners of conscience through prayer and by sending Christmas cards to prisoners or their families. This was introduced in 1984. Vigils and services are arranged for Human Rights Day held on 10 December. A newsletter is published around three times a year. In 1984 the Council of Churches for Wales formed the movement Action by Christians Against Torture (ACAT) and in 1987 ten European countries and North America formed The International Federation of Action by Christians for the Abolition of Torture (FiACAT).


Scope and content/abstract: The fonds comprises mainly correspondence, 1981-1999, of the Christians Against Torture Movement, including the correspondence of the Reverend Roy Jenkins, its first secretary and main founder; profiles of 'adopted' prisoners of conscience, 1982-1989; together with copies of newsletters, 1989-2000, and Robin Gwyndaf, Ai Ceidwad fy mrawd ydwyf i? (Lewis Valentine Memorial Lecture 1991).


Language/scripts of material: English, Welsh, Spanish, French.

System of arrangement: Arranged at NLW into four series: correspondence; prisoner files; miscellaneous papers; and printed material.

Conditions governing access: Readers consulting modern papers in the National Library of Wales are required to sign the 'Modern papers - data protection' form.

Conditions governing reproduction: Usual copyright laws apply.

Finding aids: Finding aid available in hard copy at NLW.


Accruals: Accruals are possible.

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition: Donated by the Christians Against Torture Movement (Mudiad Cristnogion yn Erbyn Poenydio) per Mr Robin Gwyndaf, Cardiff, October 2000.



Archivist's note: Compiled by Ann Francis Evans.
The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: Gwyndaf, Robin, Ai Ceidwad fy mrawd ydwyf i? (Lewis Valentine Memorial Lecture, 1991) (Swansea, 1991); literature produced by the Society at 4/3.

Rules or conventions: This description follows NLW guidelines based on ISAD(G) Second Edition; AACR II; and LCSH.

Date(s) of descriptions: March 2002.

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