(WASHINGTON, D.C., 4/27/05) – A prominent national Islamic civil rights and advocacy group today launched a website designed to support a call for the formation of an independent bi-partisan commission to examine the use and instigation of torture and cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment (CID) by American personnel worldwide. The site, sponsored by the Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), allows visitors to contact their elected representatives to support a statement calling for the formation of that commission issued yesterday by the Anti-Torture Coalition (ATC). To learn more about CAIR’s anti-torture campaign and to read ATC’s full statement, go to: http://www.cair-net.org/antitorture/ CAIR’s website also contains background information on the issue of torture and will be updated regularly with news articles and other initiatives on the topic.
“Polls indicated that the majority of Americans reject the use of torture or abuse, yet our nation’s policies do not adequately reflect that fact,” said CAIR Legal Director Arsalan Iftikhar. “The use of torture and cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment by American personnel is unfortunately still an important issue one year after the Abu Ghraib prison abuses were made public.” CAIR, America’s largest Muslim civil liberties group, has 31 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. To read CAIR’s Mission, Vision Statement and Core Principles, go to: http://www.cair-net.org/default.asp?Page=About
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