AHA News |  

Join the American Humanist Association in Demanding Accountability for Torture

June 26 is designated as the United Nations International Day in Support of Victims of Torture and marks the ratification of the UN Convention Against Torture, to which the United States is a party. To mark these events, the American Humanist Association is participating in a concerted effort to persuade Congress put our country back on the right track by saying NO to torture.

Since 9/11 our government has detained and tortured hundreds of individuals, held people in secret prisons and at Guantanamo and created a tribunal system that allows secret evidence and tortured confessions. Such actions have been damaging to our Constitution and core values at home and detrimental to our reputation and national security throughout the world.

President Obama campaignedon a promise of change and has taken some encouraging first steps, but more needs to be done and Congress must cooperate in creating a solution. Only we can hold their feet to the fire and ensure they make good on their promises.

Help put  pressure on Congress by calling your members of Congress or the U.S. Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121. Ask for your senators' and/or representative's office.

Once connected, identify yourself as a constituent and explain that you want Senator/Representative (NAME) to:

  • Close Guantanamo. The president has announced his intention to close the prison by January 2010. Congress should work with the President to ensure the prison is closed and the individuals held there are charged and prosecuted or repatriated.
  • End military commissions permanently. These kangaroo courts didn't work under the Bush administration and cosmetic changes in the Obama administration won't work either. The system is fatally flawed. We must work to find another way to provide a true measure of justice, while respecting the rule of law and upholding American values.
  • Reject indefinite detention. As Americans, we hold ourselves to a higher standard. Our core values demand that we prosecute crime where evidence exists and release individuals where evidence of wrongdoing is lacking or non-existent -- mere suspicion is not enough to deny anyone due process. We must hold true to our values and reject any attempt to give any president the ability to detain people indefinitely without charge.
  • Support accountability. As more and more evidence comes to light about the treatment and interrogation of detainees, the evidence demands a thorough investigation of the abuse, the architects of that abuse and prosecution of any crimes that were committed. Just as important, the American people deserve a full and fair accounting of what took place to ensure torture never happens in our name again.

Only with your efforts can we make torture something of the past. It's not enough to simply remember our international obligations and victims of torture -- it's time to say with one voice: not in our name, never again!

American Humanist Association

We're happy to welcome a new chapter, Montgomery Humanists, to the American Huma...

4 days ago

American Humanist Association

This week on the Humanist Hour Podcast, Bo Bennett and Kim Ellington speak with...

4 days ago

American Humanist Association

As we have seen by the recent murders of three nonreligious bloggers—Ananta Bijo...

5 days ago

American Humanist Association

Jennifer Bardi, editor-in-chief of the Humanist magazine, recaps the AHA's 74th...

5 days ago

American Humanist Association

Prospective Student Webinar this Thursday! Considering the next class of The Hum...

5 days ago

American Humanist Association

Help the Louisville Atheists and Freethinkers represent humanists at this year's...

6 days ago

American Humanist Association

Humanist Pioneer Awardee Isaiah Smith, stands up for separation of church and st...

6 days ago

American Humanist Association

A South Carolina court has ruled that prayer in public school graduations doesn'...

6 days ago

American Humanist Association

Right-wing media loves terrorism stories, so how did they all manage to miss thi...

6 days ago

American Humanist Association

Omaha Metro Area Humanist Association, a chapter of AHA, is participating in Oma...

6 days ago

American Humanist Association

This week on the Humanist, Becky Garrison sits down with Quiet Company's Taylor...

7 days ago

American Humanist Association

Don't miss the Humanist "Ask Me Anything" session with Kristin Wintermute, Execu...

7 days ago

American Humanist Association

We love to see our fellow free-thinkers doing what they can to help out humanity...

7 days ago

American Humanist Association

With the number of Christians declining and the unaffiliated rising in the US, w...

7 days ago

American Humanist Association

Ethical Dilemma: How much would you change for your significant other's beliefs?

9 days ago

American Humanist Association

Happy Friday Everyone!

10 days ago

American Humanist Association

We're happy to welcome a new chapter, Palm Beach Humanists, to the American Huma...

10 days ago

American Humanist Association

Bob Diven, AHA celebrant in New Mexico, recently participated in a debate about...

10 days ago

American Humanist Association

Washington DC does something right, and we aren't talking about the feds!

11 days ago

American Humanist Association

On May 13, the AHA joined other members of the National Coalition for Public Edu...

11 days ago

American Humanist Association

Ethical Dilemma: What to do about a rude house guest. Tell us your experience w...

11 days ago

American Humanist Association

Don't miss the Humanist Institute's upcoming "Ask Me Anything" session with Kris...

12 days ago

American Humanist Association

On this week's episode of the Humanist Hour Podcast, Bo Bennett interviews singe...

12 days ago

American Humanist Association

A very happy 127th birthday to Inge Lehmann, the Danish seismologist and geophys...

12 days ago

American Humanist Association

Do community events like "Draw Mohammad" contests promote freedom of speech or j...

12 days ago