Sunday, August 28, 2005

stop torture

Friday night at Quail Ridge Books I attended a talk by Jennifer Harbury on stopping the torture that is being done in our names. The event had a good turn-out, and Jennifer Harbury fielded a number of questions from the audience; she talked both about her personal experiences and what can be done to stop torture. She spoke of the STOP (Stop Torture Permanently) campaign and the upcoming Call for Justice Weekend (September 24-26, 2005, Washington, D.C.).

An interview with Jennifer Harbury is here.

From the press release:
Jennifer Harbury is an attorney and human rights activist who is campaign director for STOP (Stop Torture Permanently) sponsored by the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC). Her investigation into her husband's disappearance in Guatemala in 1992 led to information in 1995 that he had been tortured and killed by Guatemalan intelligence officers serving as paid CIA informants. Her book Truth, Torture, and the American Way provides convincing arguments against the use of torture in any circumstance: it is inconsistentwith the values Americans hold dear and has repeatedly been proven ineffective. Join UUSC for a Call for Justice Weekend Sept. 24-26, 2005 in Washington, D.C. For more info. For rides/buses to Washington contact NC Peace & Justice Coalition: they are organizng a peace rally the same weekend. Contact your U.S. representatives regarding bills: HR 952 (Torture Outsourcing Prevention Act); HR 3003 (Establish independent commission to investigate detainee abuses) & HR 2011 (Transparency and Accountability in Security Contractng Act).

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