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Torture in US Prisons: What 'OITNB' Hasn't Told You

Rev. Ron Stief | Posted 06.26.2014 | Impact
Rev. Ron Stief

We Americans like to think of our nation as the "shining city on a hill," as a protector of human rights, a beacon for the rest of the world. The reality, however, is that widespread torture is happening today in our own country, especially in state and federal prisons and detention facilities.

June 26 -- Honoring the Strength and Spirit of Torture Survivors

Curt Goering | Posted 06.23.2014 | Impact
Curt Goering

The International Day in Support of Victims of Torture is a testament to the power of healing and the resilience of torture survivors. It is a day to show our respect for and solidarity with them. It is a day to let them know they are not forgotten.

Understanding Clergy Sexual 'Abuse' as Torture

The Center for Constitutional Rights | Posted 07.06.2014 | Politics
The Center for Constitutional Rights

The experiences of members of what started out as a small support group of survivors in the United States and now counts 18,000 members in 79 different countries, bear out what studies have shown for some time: The harms caused by sexual violence by clergy are often severe and life-long and, in many cases, life-threatening.

Vatican Urges U.N. Not To Link Sex Abuse With Torture

Religion News Service | Josephine McKenna | Posted 05.05.2014 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (RNS) As Vatican representatives prepare to testify before a United Nations inquiry into torture next week, a senior official warned inve...

Vatican Faces Second UN Hearing On Sex Abuse Policies

Religion News Service | Josephine McKenna | Posted 04.16.2014 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (RNS) The Vatican next month will face yet another crucial United Nations hearing that will scrutinize the Catholic Church’s response t...

UN Voluntary Fund for Victims of Torture: Healing Survivors, Rebuilding Lives

Curt Goering | Posted 01.25.2014 | World
Curt Goering

U.S. support for the Voluntary Fund benefits torture survivor rehabilitation programs globally by its leadership, inspiring contributions and commitments from the international community to help survivors and their families heal and rebuild lives of dignity.

9/11 Defense Lawyers Claim Judge's Order Conflicts With Convention Against Torture

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 10.19.2013 | World
Daphne Eviatar

Lawyers for defendants in the 9/11 case claim they cannot accept a military judge's order preventing their clients from speaking about their treatment in U.S. custody because it would violate their clients' rights under the United Nations Convention Against Torture.

Toward Ensuring an End to U.S.-Sponsored Torture

Rev. Richard L. Killmer | Posted 06.16.2013 | Politics
Rev. Richard L. Killmer

A non-governmental, bipartisan task force recently completed a two-year investigation into the U.S. government's treatment of 9/11 detainees, concluding indisputably that the United States government engaged in illegal torture.

Zero Dark Thirty: Torturing the Facts

Marjorie Cohn | Posted 03.13.2013 | Entertainment
Marjorie Cohn

Granting impunity to the torturers combined with propaganda films like Zero Dark Thirty, which may well win multiple Oscars, dilutes any meaningful public opposition to our government's cruel interrogation techniques.

No Accountability for Torturers

Marjorie Cohn | Posted 11.04.2012 | Politics
Marjorie Cohn

By letting American officials, lawyers and interrogators get away with torture - and indeed, murder - the United States sacrifices any right to scold or punish other countries for their human rights violations.

Disguising the Truth about U.S.-Sponsored Torture

Rev. Richard L. Killmer | Posted 07.03.2012 | Politics
Rev. Richard L. Killmer

As a nation founded on religious and moral values, we cannot begin to move past the shameful use of torture until we ensure that U.S. government-sponsored torture never occurs again. Justifications for the use of torture impede us from this important task.

Deliverance From Torture

Morris Davis | Posted 10.15.2011 | Politics
Morris Davis

It is disappointing to those who believed Obama's election marked the beginning of a reckoning with America's descent into torture. Rather than drawing a bead on impunity, the president has lowered his bow and let it go.

McCain Dethrones the Rule of Law

Bruce Fein | Posted 07.31.2011 | Politics
Bruce Fein

John McCain's latest war gospel hangs an alarming tale. The rule of law has been dethroned and the president has been endowed with absolute power as the American Empire has eclipsed the American Republic.

California Assembly Votes to Report on Human Rights to U.N. Committees

Marjorie Cohn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Marjorie Cohn

While our government does not hesitate to criticize other countries for their human rights violations, it has been derelict in complying with our own human rights commitments.

Sri Lanka's Defining Moment?

Sandeep Gopalan | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Sandeep Gopalan

There are allegations that the media in Sri Lanka has been intimidated through killings, torture, disappearances and detentions. Accurate reporting is the casualty.

Torture Has To Be Investigated No Matter What Dick Cheney Calls It

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Daphne Eviatar

Dick Cheney may like to call those interrogations "enhanced," but in everyday parlance they're what the DOJ is implicitly acknowledging: tortured.

Never Forget: The International Day in Support of Victims of Torture

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Worthington

Sadly, our celebrity-obsessed world is unlikely to pay much attention to the International Day in Support of the Victims of Torture, as the death of Michael Jackson dominates headlines.

Obama's First 100 Days: A Start On Guantanamo, But Not Enough

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Andy Worthington

Just Binyam Mohamed and the Yemeni doctor, Ayman Batarfi have been cleared for release. At this rate, of course, it will take decades to close Guantánamo.

Condi Channels Nixon: If the President Says So, It's Not Illegal

Marjorie Cohn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Marjorie Cohn

At a Q&A with Stanford students, Condoleezza Rice was extremely uncomfortable, defensive and nervous. She was rude to the first student, interrupted him and yelled at him.

Condi Rice Pulls A Nixon: When the President Does It, That Means It is Not Illegal

Cenk Uygur | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Cenk Uygur

This is why I say these people don't understand the whole concept behind America. In our system of government, the president is not supposed to be above the law.

Britain's Guantanamo

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Andy Worthington

There are many unnerving similarities between the Bush administration's policies and those implemented in the U.K., which have caused barely a ripple of protest.

Bad News, Good News For The Guantanamo Uighurs

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Andy Worthington

First, the good news. Adel Abdul Hakim, one of five Uighurs (Muslims from China's oppressed Xinjiang province), who was released from Guantánamo in M...

Obama's Decisive Break with Bush's "War on Terror" Policies

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Andy Worthington

Obama's new Orders are a bold start, but more detail is required, dangerous loopholes must be shut off permanently, and other parts of the Bush administration's dark legacy need to be swiftly addressed.

Guantanamo: Government Says Six Years Is Not Long Enough To Prepare Evidence

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Worthington

Imagine after six and a half years of this imprisonment -- in which, unlike convicted criminals on the US mainland, you have never been charged or tried, and have not been allowed a single visit from your loved ones.