Accountability Today, Preventing Torture Tomorrow: featuring CCR Attorney Katherine Gallagher & UN Special Rapporteur on Torture


Add to My Calendar Wednesday, June 1, 2011


WHAT: 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. Come learn about ongoing efforts to hold torturers accountable, and join a discussion on what we can do together to end torture.
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WHEN: Time: 6:00 p.m. to 9pm
6:00 p.m. – Opening Reception with refreshments and hors d’oeuvres
6:30 p.m. – Keynote, Panel Discussion, Video Testimony, Q&A
8:00 p.m. – Closing Reception, with live musical performance

WHERE: 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 stop: Capitol South and Union Station)
  • Juan E. Méndez, UN Special Rapporteur on Torture, and a torture survivor
  • Katherine Gallagher, Senior Staff Attorney, Center for Constitutional Rights
  • Amrit Singh, Senior Legal Officer for the National Security and Counterterrorism program, Open Society Justice Initiative
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.

Center for Constitutional Rights, Alliance for Justice, American Civil Liberties Union, Amnesty International USA, Bill of Rights Defense Committee, Human Rights First, National Religious Campaign Against Torture, Pax Christi USA, Torture Abolition and Survivors Support Coalition, Physicians for Human Rights, War Criminals Watch and Witness Against Torture

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May 31, 2011