Monday, June 19, 2006
Stop Torture Month
I just read a very disturbing article about the three recent suicides at Guantanamo. See: The Guardian or Common Dreams.
From Torture Abolition and Survivors Support Coalition International:
"New York, June 13 (RHC)-- Human rights groups are demanding immediate and independent investigations into the suicide deaths of three Guantanamo Bay prisoners over the weekend. According to OneWorld.net, many leading rights groups, including the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and Human Rights Watch, have long demanded the closure of Guantanamo prison -- located in eastern Cuba and illegally occupied by the United States.
Jumana Musa of Amnesty International's U.S. bureau said that "the (Bush) administration should stop trying to minimize the desperate actions of detainees with language that does not reflect the seriousness of the matter at hand." Musa said that U.S. military officials said the three detainees died in their cells as a result of suicide, which they described as "a good PR (public relations) move." Musa said that 'colorful euphemisms such as 'manipulative self-injurious behavior' and 'hanging gestures' -- both used by the administration to refer to suicide attempts in the past -- only belittle the gravity of the situation that the detainees are facing.'"
Further research led me to find that June is Stop Torture Month. If you are so moved, please call your representatives in Congress this coming Friday, the 23rd and protest U.S. sponsored torture.
The Unitarian Universalist Service Committee's STOP (Stop Torture Permanently) Campaign is a good resource for actions and information.
And I wonder... why are torture and killing
okay when we do it - or sanction someone else to do it,
ignored when done in countries that we don't care about,
an abomination when done in countries with oil?