‘Exposing Truth of U.S. Torture,’ June 6

HERNDON, VA. — Retired U.S. Ambassador Thomas Pickering will be among featured presenters at “Exposing the Truth of U.S. Torture: Restoring Human Dignity,” Friday, June 6.

Every June, human rights and faith organizations join to mark Torture Awareness Month.

Pickering will be joined in a panel discussion by the Rev. Ron Stief, executive director of the National Religious Campaign Against Torture (NRCAT), Dr. Azizah al-Hibri, founder and chair of KARAMAH, Muslim Women Lawyers for Human Rights, and Imam Mohamed Magid of the Adams Center, where the event will be held.

“Exposing the Truth of U.S. Torture” will be from 6-8:30 p.m. with refreshments. The program is co-sponsored by The Constitution Project, KARAMAH, NRCAT and Qurtuba Institute.

More information is available at Exposing the Truth.

A similar event in the DuPont Circle area of Washington, D.C., Thursday, June 26.

Torture Awareness Month

Every June, human rights and faith organizations join to mark Torture Awareness Month because on June 26, 1987, the nations of the world took a major step against the immoral and abhorrent practice of torture. On that day, the Convention Against Torture & other Cruel, Inhuman & Degrading Treatment or Punishment entered into force and the United Nations later declared June 26 the “International Day in Support of Victims of Torture.”

This June survivors of torture will be recognized, and actions are planned to ensure the truth of the clandestine U.S. torture program after 9/11 is made public. Prayers will be offered for national repentance and healing toward the restoration of human dignity for all.

NRCAT invites you, and your local church, synagogue, mosque, temple, or faith community, to join people of faith throughout the world in commemorating Torture Awareness Month. NRCAT invites you to use its downloadable toolkit to assist you and your congregation in planning educational, advocacy and worship events. Also, check out suggested activity ideas.

Letter to the Editor