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Take back the torture “debate”

06 Jul

Amnesty International

Help give a torture survivor his life back.

During the height of the “war on terror” in 2002, the US government allowed Maher Arar — a Canadian citizen and father of two children who was held and later released without charge — to be tortured in Syria. And even now, the US government won’t even deign to apologize to Arar for its terrible actions.

Come on. The United States can do better than this.

Torture is wrong under any circumstances. Urge President Obama and Congress to stand for human rights and apologize for the terrible mistreatment that Maher Arar suffered in Syria under its watch.

Asking the US government to do what’s right for Maher Arar is just the beginning. The torture debate is back in the headlines. And this is one debate we can’t afford to lose.

Torture survivors — and future victims — are counting on Amnesty to ensure that recent attempts by torture apologists like Dick Cheney to reopen the torture debate are roundly defeated.

Torture’s “comeback” must end now. Let’s start with a simple apology.

Thousands of people — including author Stephen King and former US senior military interrogator in Iraq Matthew Alexander — have already signed the petition demanding an apology for Maher Arar. But we need more voices willing to speak out in support of a torture survivor.

Can we — and Maher Arar — count on your voice?

Sincerely,

Zeke Johnson
Security with Human Rights Campaigner
Amnesty International USA

P.S. Help us reach our goal of 50,000 petition signatures by the end of Torture Awareness Month in June. After you sign the petition, will you share this action with your friends on Facebook and Twitter?

“I Still Have Nightmares”

© Bud Schultz

Don’t let Congress and Obama sweep torture under the rug. Demand an apology for Maher Arar.

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Posted by on July 6, 2011 in Life, randomness

 

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