Torture Awareness Month programs

Three Torture Awareness Month events will be held across the country during the week of June 21 to June 26. “Shining a Light on U.S. Torture” will be June 21 in Los Angeles; “Coming to Terms with Torture: Truth, Accountability & Renunciation” will be June 24 in Raleigh, N.C.; and “Exposing the Truth of U.S. Torture: Restoring Human Dignity” will be June 26 in Washington, D.C.

Shining a Light on U.S. Torture

“Shining a Light on U.S. Torture” will be a panel discussion June 21 in Los Angeles.

The National Religious Campaign Against Torture (NRCAT), KARAMAH: Muslim Women Lawyers for Human Rights; and The Constitution Project’s Task Force on Detainee Treatment (TFDT) are being joined by local organizations to sponsor the events.

Los Angeles

“Shining a Light on U.S. Torture” will be Saturday, June 21, from 2-4 p.m. at Immanuel Presbyterian Church’s Westminster Chapel in Los Angeles.

Featured speakers will be

  • Dr. Azizah al-Hibri, founder and chair of KARAMAH and a TFDT member,
  • Edina Lekovich, director of Policy & Programming, Muslim Public Affairs Council, and
  • The Rev. William Smart Jr., president, Southern Christian Leadership Conference of Los Angeles.

Sponsors of “Shining a Light on U.S. Torture” are Interfaith Communities United for Justice & Peace (ICUJP), KARAMAH, NRCAT and The Constitution Project.

For more information, contact ICUJP or (213) 748-1643

This event is wheelchair accessible and disability affirmative. For accommodations contact ICUJP 72 hours in advance.

Raleigh, N.C.

“Coming to Terms with Torture: Truth, Accountability & Renunciation” will be a discussion in Raleigh, N.C., Tuesday, June 24.

David Gushee

Keynote speaker will be Dr. David Gushee, TFDT member and Distinguished University Professor of Christian Ethics who directs the Center for Theology & Public Life at Mercer University, Atlanta and Macon, Ga.

The discussion will be at Pullen Memorial Baptist Church here at 7 p.m.

The discussion will address what is already known of the CIA’s systematic use of torture, and what we expect to learn from the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence report once it is released.

This event is sponsored by the North Carolina Council of Churches, The Constitution Project, NRCAT, KARAMAH, and N.C. Stop Torture Now.

For more information, visit N.C. Churches or call (919) 828-6501.

Washington, D.C.

“Exposing the Truth of U.S. Torture: Restoring Human Dignity” will be Thursday, June 26, at 1420 16th St. NW, here.

Featured presenters will be Ambassador James Jones, TFDT co-chair, and Dr. Azizah al-Hibri.

The program is sponsored by KARAMAH, NRCAT and The Constitution Project.

The program will begin at 7 p.m.

For more information, contact Awais Khaleel, (202) 234-7302.

Editor's note: For more information on, go to Torture Awareness Month, which includes information to help promote events and the toolkit.

  • 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.
  • The Constitution Project’s Task Force on Detainee Treatment is an independent, bipartisan, blue-ribbon panel charged with examining the federal government’s policies and actions related to the capture, detention and treatment of suspected terrorists during the Clinton, Bush and Obama administrations. The project was undertaken with the belief that it was important to provide an account as authoritative and accurate as possible of how the United States treated, and continues to treat, people held in our custody as the nation mobilized to deal with a global terrorist threat.
  • KARAMAH, Muslim Women Lawyers for Human Rights is founded on the fundamental principle that education, dialogue, and diligent action are the best tools to eradicate the dangerous and destructive effects of ignorance, silence and prejudice.

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