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Torture Awareness Campaign

2010 October 15

Amnesty International Torture Awareness
Campaign Opens October 18 in New York

New York’s John Jay College of Criminal Justice will be hosting the Amnesty International Torture Awareness Campaign, beginning on October 18th, 2010, with related events continuing through November.

“The campaign began as a result of outrage and disappointment in the way detainees and prisoners were treated after 9/11 by the United States – particularly the use of torture to elicit information.
…..“We seek to encourage and mobilize students to campaign for internationally recognized human rights to be respected and protected for everyone…Through awareness, we seek to foster student activism and solidarity in order to eradicate human rights violations.

The Campaign will open on October 18, 2010, from 4:00 to 6:00, with “A Question of Torture,” a provocative panel discussion featuring:

  • Larry Cox, Executive Director of Amnesty International
  • Celinet Duran, President, Amnesty International Student Chapter
  • Patricia Gatling, Chair of the New York City Commission on Human Rights
  • Marnia Lazreg, Professor of Sociology, Hunter College
  • Allen Keller, MD, Director of the Bellevue/NYU Program for Survivors of Torture
  • Alfred McCoy, author of A Question of Torture: CIA Interrogation, From the Cold War to the War on Terror
  • Darakshan Raja, Founder, Amnesty International Student Chapter

Click here for the Torture Awareness Campaign Program. For more information, visit the Campaign’s Facebook page.

Contacts: Darakshan.Raja@ymail.com ….Sarahg.2009@yahoo.com

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One comment on “Torture Awareness Campaign

  1. Keith Kimball on said:

    I could not believe my eye’s when I saw that the George W Bush Presidential Library actually has a “Decision Points” center. I don’t know what else to do except post this and hope it gains support. Thanks
    I posted this on G+
    In response to the opening ceremony of the George W Bush Presidential Library on May 1st, I am requesting that from now forward May 1st be known as International Torture Awareness Day.
    On May 1st I will list all nations that sanction or participate in the act of torture.
    Dear President George W Bush, I have decided; Torture is not acceptable. May you be the last President known to have broken our nations promise.

    I ask that President Obama issue an executive order stating that the United States of American will no longer condone or participate in any acts of torture.

    I ask that Congress amend the Constitution to explicitly renounce the act of torture and forbid it’s use under any and all circumstances.

    Sincerely,
    Keith Kimball

    On May 1st please post, tweet, facebook, g+, or whatever you have access to;
    “Dear President George W Bush, I have decided; Torture is not acceptable.”

    #georgewbushlibrary

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