Thursday, June 25, 2015

100 Groups From Around the World to UN: Demand Accountability for CIA Torture

This Friday, the world will mark International Day in Support of Victims of Torture. This day is commemorated every year to reaffirm the universal commitment to the total eradication of torture, which is categorically prohibited under international law.
Today, the largest-ever group of civil society organizations from scores of countries urged the UN Human Rights Council to call out the United States for failing to provide justice for both the perpetrators and the victims of the CIA's abhorrent torture program.
In 1984 the UN General Assembly adopted the UN Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, which entered into force on June 26, 1987. The Reagan administration signed the treaty and sent it to the Senate for ratification with this statement:

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