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Accountability Today – Preventing Torture Tomorrow
A panel discussion featuring the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture, legal experts and special video testimonials from victims of the U.S. torture program
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 1, 2011, 6:30 p.m.
Lutheran Church of the Reformation
212 E Capitol St, Washington D.C. 20003
(located between 2nd and 3rd Streets, behind the U.S. Supreme Court;
closest metro stops: Capitol South and Union Station)
Nearly ten years since the beginning of the so-called “War on Terror,” not a single victim of the Bush Administration’s torture program has had their day in court or received any meaningful redress from the United States. Both the White House and Congress have opposed efforts to establish a Commission of Inquiry and any independent criminal investigation into torture. Moreover, the United States has opposed every civil action brought against U.S. officials, shutting the courthouse doors to victims of torture and other serious U.S. violations of international law. Meanwhile, several countries have initiated their own investigations related to U.S.-sponsored torture, isolating the United States in its failure to investigate torture crimes.
* Juan E. Méndez, UN Special Rapporteur on Torture and a torture survivor
* Amrit Singh, Senior Legal Office for National Security and Counterterrorism, Open Society Justice Initiative
* Katherine Gallagher, Senior Staff Attorney, Center for Constitutional Rights
5:45 p.m. – Doors Open, Opening Reception with refreshments and hors d’oeuvres
6:30 p.m. – Panel Discussion, Q&A
8:00 p.m. – Closing Reception, with live musical performance
Alliance for Justice, American Civil Liberties Union, Amnesty International USA, Bill of Rights Defense Committee, Center for Constitutional Rights, Human Rights First, National Religious Campaign Against Torture, Pax Christi USA, Torture Abolition and Survivors Support Coalition, Physicians for Human Rights, and Witness Against Torture