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California Event: First Do No Harm

Please join PHR, the National Religious Campaign Against Torture and community partners for:

LA flier - First Do No Harm: The Role of Medical Professionals in US-Sponsored Torture

First Do No Harm:

The Role of Medical Professionals 
in US-Sponsored Torture

Sunday, June 27, 2010 7:00-8:30 pm (Pacific Time)
All Saints Church
132 N. Euclid, Pasadena, CA 91101

Join the LA community for an evening of discussion and dialogue to mark the International Day of Support for Victims of Torture.

Tune in tomorrow, when we will post live streaming video from the event, which will also be available here.

This event focuses on the new PHR report, Experiments in Torture: Evidence of Human Subject Experimentation in the 'Enhanced' Interrogation Program. This will be one of three national events in faith communities focused on this report.

Keynote Speaker:
John Bradshaw, JD, Director of Policy, Experiments in Torture co-author, Physicians for Human Rights

Response:
Ed Bacon, Rector, All Saints Church-Pasadena

Panel Discussion Moderated by:
Eisha Mason, American Friends Service Committee

Sponsored by:
National Religious Campaign Against Torture | Los Angeles Region Religious Campaign Against Torture | Physicians for Human Rights | American Friends Service Committee–Pacific Southwest Region | Program for Torture Victims | All Saints Church–Pasadena

Co-Sponsors:

  • Rabbis for Human Rights–North America,
  • Progressive Christians Uniting,
  • School of the Americas Watch–Los Angeles

Further Information: 818-225-0410 or vclassick at aol dot com

Download the event flyer (PDF)

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ISNA Joins Religious Leaders to Condemn Illegal Medical Experimentation on Detainees

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Source: ISNA (www.isna.net)

(Plainfield, IN – June 7, 2010) A report was issued today by the Physicians for Human Rights (PHR), which details evidence of illegal experimentation on detainees captured after 9-11, in the form of torturous medical experiments, performed by healthcare professionals working for the USMilitary and intelligence agencies during the Bush administration.

The comprehensive PHR report described the methods of “enhanced interrogation techniques” used by medical professionals to determine the “breaking points” for detainees. This information was delivered to the Department of Justice to amend the current laws in a way that legalizes these gross acts of torture and medical negligence from prosecution. ISNA condemns the acts of torture inflicted by these medical professionals. These acts directly violate their sworn oath as physicians to protect human life and alleviate human suffering. ISNA condemns the actions our government to effectively legalize this torture and turn their backs on upholding both the spirit and letter of the constitution.

ISNA praises the Physicians for Human Rights and their dedication to protect all people from illegal and damaging misuse of medical skills and experiments to inflict pain instead of alleviating suffering. ISNA joins Physicians for Human Rights and other religious leaders to demand a Commission of Inquiry to investigate the misuse of medical skills and the acts of the Department of Justice in relation to this case.

ISNA President, Dr. Ingrid Mattson, will join other leaders in a press conference about this issue tomorrow morning.

ISNA is a founding member of the National Religious Campaign Against Torture, an organization that also supports the courageous report issued by the Physicians for Human Rights. For more information on the press conference, the PHR Report and the National Religious Campaign Against Torture, please visit: http://www.nrcat.org

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Contact:

Sarah Thompson, Communications Coordinator

sthompson dot isna dot net

317-839-8157

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National Religious Leaders Denounce Health Professionals’ Involvement in Experiments on Detainees

Media Advisory For:

Tuesday, June 8, 2010 at 11 a.m.

Contact: Rev. Richard Killmer, NRCAT, 202-547-1920, 207-450-7242 or rkillmer@nrcat.org

Alanna Sobel, NRCAT, 202-789-7751 or asobel@fenton.com

(Washington, DC) –Senior religious leaders will hold a press conference at 11 a.m. EDT to respond to the Physicians For Human Rights (PHR) report that provides evidence of the involvement of United States military and intelligence health professionals in performing experiments, without consent, on detainees in the custody of the U.S. following September 2001.

Reporters may either call in or attend the press conference in Meridian B (in the Conference Center on the Concourse level) of the Ronald Reagan building, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW in Washington, DC.

The experiments were critical components for the development of a legal framework construed to protect interrogators from prosecution for committing acts of torture. The experiments also served to refine the illegal torture practices used by the US government.

During the press conference, religious leaders of various faiths will:

  • Describe why their faiths lead them to denounce the alleged medical experimentation.
  • Explain why this report is further evidence for a need for a government Commission of Inquiry to investigate the torture practices and policies since 9/11 to assure that torture never happens again.
  • Commit to working together as Jews, Muslims and Christians to heal the brokenness that has been caused.
  • Announce the new video, Accounting for Torture: Being Faithful to our Values, by the National Religious Campaign Against Torture that discusses the need for a Commission of Inquiry in light of the PHR report. The link is www.nrcat.org/act.

WHO:

  • Rev. Dr. Michael Kinnamon, General Secretary, National Council of Churches
  • Rev. Richard Cizik, President, New Evangelical Partnership for the Common Good
  • Rabbi David Saperstein, Director, Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism
  • Dr. Ingrid Mattson, President, Islamic Society of North America
  • Linda Gustitus, President, National Religious Campaign Against Torture
  • Rev. Richard Killmer, Executive Director, National Religious Campaign Against Torture who will moderate the call

WHAT: Press conference discussing the nation’s religious community’s reactions to PHR’s new report. Reporters are encouraged to either attend in person or to call in.

WHEN: 11 a.m. EDT on Tuesday, June 8

The National Religious Campaign Against Torture (NRCAT) is a growing membership organization committed to ending U.S.-sponsored torture, and cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment. Since its formation in January 2006, more than 280 religious groups have joined NRCAT, including representatives from the Catholic, evangelical Christian, mainline Protestant, Unitarian Universalist, Quaker, Orthodox Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, Baha’i, Buddhist, and Sikh communities. Members include national denominations and faith groups, regional organizations and local congregations.

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National Religious Leaders Denounce Health Professionals’ Involvement in Experiments on Detainees

Monday, June 7, 2010

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:
Alanna Sobel NRCAT
asobel at fenton dot com
(202) 789-7751
Ben Greenberg
Physicians for Human Rights
bgreenberg at phrusa dot org
(617) 301-4237

People from all faiths demand a Commission of Inquiry to investigate the use of torture including its use in medical experiments

In light of today’s release of Physicians for Human Rights’ new report, Experiments in Torture: Human Subject Research and Evidence in the ‘Enhanced’ Interrogation Program, Rev. Richard L. Killmer, Executive Director of the National Religious Campaign Against Torture has responded with the following statement and announced the release of a new video “Accounting for Torture” (www.nrcat.org/act) that describes the PHR repor:

“As religious leaders we commend Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) for their groundbreaking work uncovering and documenting evidence of the involvement of United States military and intelligence health professionals in performing experiments, without consent, on detainees in the custody of the US following September 2001.

Such experimentation would violate the legal and ethical protections afforded by the Nuremberg Code, the Geneva Conventions, federal regulations governing human subject research – known as “The Common Rule” – and the federal War Crimes Act.

We have adamantly opposed and consistently spoken out against US-sponsored torture. Torture is immoral and abhorrent, violating the teachings of all our religious traditions.

Just as adamantly, we now condemn these alleged acts of illegal and immoral experimentation. Separate and distinct from the torture, such medical experiments could themselves constitute war crimes and possibly crimes against humanity.

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