Advance New York Law to Stop Doctors from Participating in Torture

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Synopsis

Help make the New York State Legislature pass the Anti-Torture bill  (Senate Bill S-4495-A) sponsored by Assembly Member Richard Gottfried and Senator Tom Duane. If you are a New Yorker, email Senator Duane and urge him to rapidly advance this bill in the NY Senate Health Committee so it can pass during this legislative session. You can also send an email to your own Assembly Member and Senator by signing this petition. You can sign this petion  if you are not a NY resident but want to let NY state know that you support this anti-torture legislation.

Description

In April 2009, the Bush administration's "torture memos" as well as reports by the Senate Armed Services Committee and the International Committee of the Red Cross confirmed that doctors and psychologists were essential to the design, implementation, and rationalization of a system of torture and cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment of prisoners in United States custody.

The passage of SB S-4496-A will have effects far beyond New York. Help us send a strong message to the New York State legislature, the federal government and the rest of the country: The participation of health care professionals in torture and cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment of prisoners is abhorrent and cannot continue.
 
If passed, the bill would support health care professionals, protect patients and set a powerful precedent in the fight against torture and cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment. It would reaffirm that health care professionals licensed in New York are prohibited from involvement in torture or the abuse of prisoners, wherever that abuse occurs, by removing NY-licensed health care professionals from interrogations and by empowering NY-licensed health care professionals to resist unlawful and unethical orders.
 
For more information on the participation of doctors and psychologists in torture or to read the bill, visit CCR's When Healers Harm campaign website.