June is Torture Awareness Month

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Every June, human rights and faith organizations join together to mark Torture Awareness Month.

NRCAT Toolkit 2014

National Religious Campaign Against Torture has prepared a toolkit to help faith groups observe Torture Awareness Month, which is June.

This June, survivors of torture will be honored; action will happen to ensure the truth of the clandestine U.S. torture program after 9/11 is made public; and prayers will be raised for national repentance and healing toward the restoration of human dignity for all.

The National Religious Campaign Against Torture (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.

The month is chosen because on June 26, 1987, nations of the world took a major step against the immoral, abhorrent practice of torture. On that date, the Convention Against Torture & Other Cruel, Inhuman & Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CAT) entered into force. Consequently, the United Nations later declared June 26 the “International Day in Support of Victims of Torture.”

NRCAT has prepared a toolkit to assist you and your congregation in planning educational, advocacy and worship events. Also, NRCAT urges you to check out suggested activity ideas.

If you would like to discuss additional ways for how your local congregation or faith community could mark Torture Awareness Month, contact Paz Artaza-Regan at (202) 547-1920 or partaza-regan@nrcat.org.

NRCAT would like to put your Torture Awareness Month plans on the map. Let NRCAT know what you will be doing and your event will be added to a map on the campaign’s website. The goal is to be able to demonstrate the broad support within the faith community in “Exposing the Truth of U.S. Torture: Restoring Human Dignity.”

Editor's note: The National Religious Campaign Against Torture (NRCAT) was launched with the mission of mobilizing people of faith to end torture in U.S. policy, practice and culture. NRCAT works for an end to torture in four areas:
  1. To ensure that U.S.-sponsored torture of detainees never happens again.
  2. To end the use of torture in U.S. prisons and detention facilities, in particular the use of prolonged solitary confinement.
  3. To end U.S. support (direct or indirect) of any country that engages in torture and to work for U.S. policies that help other nations stop their torture practices.
  4. To end the bigotry and hatred that promotes the practice and acceptance of torture against religiously, ethnically and other targeted groups. Since the fall of 2010, NRCAT has worked for an end to anti-Muslim bigotry, for example.

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