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CAIR Joins “Torture Awareness Month”

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 6/1/06) – CAIR today joined a coalition of human rights, civil liberties and faith organizations* in declaring June “Torture Awareness Month.” This action is part of an effort to respond to the growing evidence that the United States government is engaging systematically in the use of torture and inhuman treatment as part of the “war on terror.”

See the campaign website here: http://www.tortureawareness.org/

The month-long initiative will provide all people of conscience with action ideas and tools to help raise awareness in their communities about the US government’s use of torture and inhuman treatment.

The campaign will culminate with special grassroots lobby efforts in Washington, D.C. and around the country where participants will urge Congress to pass legislation to stop the use of extraordinary rendition, or “outsourcing torture.”

Persons interested in participating in lobbying in Washington, DC on June 26, the date that the United Nations has marked as the International Day in Support of Survivors and Victims of Torture, can register here: http://www.tortureawareness.org/registration.html

Last year, CAIR and other groups called on Congress to appoint an independent commission to examine use of torture by US personnel. CAIR also supported anti-torture legislation that became law earlier this year.

CAIR, America’s largest Muslim civil liberties group, has 32 offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

CONTACT: Corey Saylor, 202-488-8787 or 571-278-4658, E-mail: csaylor@cair-net.org; Ibrahim Hooper, 202-488-8787 or 202-744-7726, E-Mail: ihooper@cair-net.org

*A list of sponsoring organizations can be found here: http://www.tortureawareness.org/organization_sponsors.html

 

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