Torture

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Forum on Torture, Guantanamo & Accountability

Tuesday, January 25, 2011 - 6:00pm

Prof. M. Cherif Bassiouni, President Emeritus of the International Human Rights Law Institute, UN human rights expert in Afghanistan, & author of  "The Institutionalization of Torture by the Bush Administration" (2010), refute George Bush's claim in his memoir that the torture committed with his approval was legal because his lawyers told him so.
 H. Candace Gorman, attorney for a Guantanamo prisoner, describe the torture detainees there endure and the ongoing imprisonment of 173 men at Guantanamo, despite President Obama's pledge to close it.

Vigil Against Torture

Sunday, May 30, 2010 - 1:30pm

This vigil is hosted and sponsored by its participants.

For the past 14 weeks, a group has gathered weekly in West Des Moines, Ia to vigil against torture.  The word vigil implies, a period of staying awake when one would ordinarily sleep. Many of us spend too much of our time sleeping.

Despite the campaign words of an Obama administration, many of the policies of the Bush Administration remain.  Just this last week prisoners at Bagram were denied habeas corpus petitions that prisoners at Guantanamo won.

Stop abuse of solitary confinement

Please send this email to your governor and state legislators encouraging them to watch our video and support AFSC’s proposals to address the use solitary confinement in U.S. prisons.

Solitary confinement facts

One of AFSC's most requested resources, this information can help advocates and avtivists make a compelling case for why solitary confinement is cruel and inhumane. 

Solitary confinement: Cruel and inhuman

On any given day, as many as 80,000 men and women are locked in solitary in U.S. prisons—alone for 23 hours a day. This video captures the visceral experience and long term impact of that isolation.

Stopmax

The STOPMAX Campaign, sponsored by the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC), works to eliminate the use of isolation and segregation in U.S. prisons.

Our strategies include research, grassroots organizing, public education and policy advocacy to abolish solitary confinement or reduce its use.

To lay the groundwork for the campaign, we researched the use of isolation in a cross-section of correctional facilities:  state Departments of Corrections, Departments of Juvenile Corrections, and immigration detention centers.

San Francisco Wage Peace Program

Lockheed-Martin protest

People on stage with banner in support of Gaza

Lockheed-Martin Demonstration on Gaza, Spring 2014. Join the Pacific Life Community at Lockheed-Martin’s Sunnyvale headquarters on the fourth Friday of the month to call out their roles in nuclear weapons production and in arming Israel.

The San Francisco Wage Peace program challenges the militarization of U.S. society, changing the narrative of military efficacy by:

1.  highlighting the high cost of war spending, especially in maintaining our nuclear arsenal, as a method of security that cuts into meeting human needs that build a truer human security;  

Who we are

AFSC is a Quaker organization devoted to service, development, and peace programs throughout the world. Our work is based on the belief in the worth of every person, and faith in the power of love to overcome violence and injustice. Learn more

Where we work

AFSC has offices around the world. To see a complete list see the Where We Work page.

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