Convention Against Torture Protest

In case you missed this news from the week, US representatives at the United Nations defended our compliance (or lack thereof) with our agreement to comply with the Conventions Against Torture (CAT). Every four years signatories of CAT must report before the UN regarding their compliance.

The questions the US delegation faced ranged from allegations concerning CIA rendition (sending prisoners to secret facilities), the failure to prosecute US officials who ordered torture, the conditions at Guantanamo Bay, the practices of domestic prisons in the US and police militarization and brutality.

As noted by Newsweek, this review was noteworthy in how it focused on CAT compliance in regards to various domestic issues. Regarding the situation in US prisons Newsweek writes:
The review also delved into domestic issues.

The committee brought up the U.S. prison system and inquired as to how current practices can be justified in light of the country’s CAT obligations. Among the concerns were the use of solitary confinement, the treatment of minors and those with mental health disorders in particular, the lack of accountability for prison officials who have been accused of sexual abuse, and the sentencing of those who have committed nonviolent offenses to life without parole.
The UN inquiry was also noteworthy in focusing upon the treatment of black citizens in the US, especially in light of recent events in Ferguson and Chicago.

During this testimony a youth delegation from Chicago staged a silent protest, standing with arms aloft for thirty minutes.

Many of the representatives from Ferguson in attendance to give testimony lifted their hands in solidarity with the Chicago protest.

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4 thoughts on “Convention Against Torture Protest”

  1. Thanks for posting this. Somehow it had slipped past my notice in the mainstream news.

  2. I agree thank you for pointing out this important information. God bless those people there in solidarity with everyone marginalized and overlooked in our society.

  3. Thank you for posting this. Those of us who follow this issue closely knew already about it, but it was not widely publicized in the corporate media. If you would like to keep abreast and learn about how to take action against U.S. sponsored torture, please consider joining the organization I founded: the National Religious Campaign Against Torture.

  4. Thank you for sharing. It is the sort of thing that there isn't much to say about but is important to share and acknowledge for there to be any hope of change.

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