JPANet: End Torture. Close GITMO.

JPANet: End Torture. Close GITMO.

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June is Torture Awareness Month – a time for people of faith and conscience to recommit to ending torture in our nation and around the world.  This year, the theme “Healing a Culture of Torture,” calls us to reflect on the continued use of torture in our nation and the need to reflect, pray, and act in light of the deep physical and spiritual harm caused by torture. 

In recent months, no other issue has more exemplified the need to end torture than the continued operation of the detention center at Guantanamo Bay.  After ten years, 166 prisoners remain indefinitely detained at Guantanamo - 86 of whom have been cleared for transfer or release.  The use of torture has been alleged and the prisoners have little hope of ever being released.  Over 40 of the prisoners have been on a hunger strike since February, the rationale of which was described in a recent New York Times Editorial by a Guantanamo detainee.  U.S. medical teams have been dispatched to force feed these prisoners to the concern and outrage of many in both the medical and human rights community. 

On April 30th, 38 religious leaders released a public letter sent to the President and all members of Congress, describing the desperate situation at Guantanamo and calling on President Obama and Congress to close the prison at Guantanamo. While we applaud the President’s commitment to see Guantanamo closed, this must be followed-up with immediate action on behalf of both the President and Congress.

Take action! Call on President Obama today to keep his commitment and work with Congress to close Guantanamo and add your name to the religious leader letter.

More information:

Reflection on the Guantanamo hunger strike by Rev. Michael Neuroth
Miami Herald Hunger Strike Tracker

National Religious Campaign Against Torture resources:

• An op-ed by Rev. Richard Killmer and resources on Guantanamo.
Torture Awareness Month resources from NRCAT with resources for congregations  and a printable Toolkit

On social media: You can share this photo on Facebook, or tweet about the petition.

Finally, plan to join us in Washington, DC on June 25.

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