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WSRCAT is a non-partisan, inter-faith organization, also welcoming to people unaffiliated with any faith tradition. We are working to end all U.S. sponsored torture and cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment of prisoners. Our work is educational as well as political advocacy in those areas that enhance our human rights.

WSRCAT has sponsored workshops and discussions in congregations, universities, and town halls throughout the State of Washington. We continue to convey the urgency of our mission to our political leaders, especially when President Trump has voiced his support of torture, until these atrocities are abolished forever. We welcome your participation and support.

For additional information about our work, please click on the "ABOUT" tab above.


Current Events:

UPCOMING: GUANTANAMO BAY, AN AMERICAN GULAG

January 11, 2018

University of Washington Law School
(Exact time and place to be announced)

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: JONATHAN HAFETZ
Jonathan Hafetz is one of America's most prominent advocates for human rights and the rule of law in relation to U.S. detention and interrogation policies, post 9/11. Professor Hafetz is an expert on constitutional law, national security, and international justice issues. He is a recognized scholar and human rights lawyer, teaching at Seton Hall Law School, and an award-winning author of many prominent works on civil liberties, human rights, and constitutional law. He has also authored numerous amicus curiae briefs for the U.S. Supreme Court.


Past, Notable Events:

The Mitchell and Jessen Case Settlement - WSRCAT Response

The 2017 Mitchell and Jessen lawsuit and subsequent settlement has national and international significance. In response to the civil suit brought against these two psychologists who designed the CIA torture program, WSRCAT organized a series of three events in Spokane and Seattle. WSRCAT acted to promote the message that all circumstances of torture are wrong, and that perpetrators must be held accountable for violations of national and international laws. We believe that criminal charges should be brought against Mitchell and Jessen as well as the CIA officials who hired them and authorized their torture techniques.

If you missed these events, we encourage you to follow the links that lead to videos and texts of our speakers.

THE LEGAL OBLIGATION TO PREVENT AND PROSECUTE TORTURE

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: (via Skype) JUAN MENDEZ

Gonzaga University School of Law, September 6, 2017

You can view the recorded video of this event at:
http://kaltura.com/tiny/dtojb
Facebook Event Page LINK


WHY TORTURE IS WRONG

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: CURT GOERING, Executive Director, Center for Victims of Torture.

COMMENTATOR: Rev. RICH LANG, District Superintendent, Pacific Northwest Conference of The United Methodist Church, Seattle District.

Spokane's Lincoln Center, September 9, 2017

Facebook Event Page LINK

You can view the recorded video of this event at:
https://www.cvt.org/blog/healing-and-human-rights/why-torture-wrong-0

For the text of Rev. Rich Lang's remarks, please visit WSRCAT's guest page at:
http://www.wsrcat.org/richlang.html

THE MORAL AND POLITICAL OBLIGATION TO RESIST TO TORTURE

University of Washington Law School, September 26, 2017

JOHN KIRIAKOU, former CIA whistleblower.

LISA HAJJAR, Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Santa Barbara..

RON STIEFF, Executive Director of the National Religious Campaign Against Torture (NRCAT).

ROB CRAWFORD, Co-founder of WSRCAT and Professor Emeritus from the University of Washington, Tacoma.

Facebook Event Page LINK

Recorded video provided by Mike McCormick is now on: YouTube.


STATEMENT OF WSRCAT POSITIONS ON TORTURE

  • Torture violates our country's highest ideals and has gravely damaged our nation's reputation in the eyes of the world. TORTURE IS ALWAYS WRONG.
  • Torture and cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment carried out by the US government caused immense sufferning and many deaths. The United States is morally and legally obligated to provide compensation and treatment for victims of torture.
  • Torture is illegal in both domestic and international law. It is a democratic responsibility and legal obligation to prevent and prosecute torture. Perpetrators need to be held accountable.
  • The reauthorization or covert practice of torture continues to be a threat.
  • A culture of impunity in relation to the crime of torture creates the likelihood of its repetition and contributes to a culture of unrestrained violence within the CIA and parts of the military, among police and in prisons, and even within the presidency.
  • Not least, in the current political climate the continuing rhetoric of torture and defense of torture sets a tone that fans the flames of a growing culture of violence, especially among far right groups.
  • Given the ongoing danger of reintroducing so-called "enhanced interrogation" as official US policy, the tenuous status of human rights in the new administration, and powerful ideological forces that continue to shape public attitudes about torture, we believe that public education is a moral and political necessity. We also consider torture to be a bellwether issue. If torture is not wrong, then nothing is wrong. Resistance to torture is one in the same with resistance to war and militarism. We ask for your participation at our events and help in spreading the word.


    Donations are welcome to support our anti-torture work.
    Contributions can be mailed to our fiscal agent, WWFOR, and mailed to:

    WWFOR
    225 N. 70th St.
    Seattle, WA 98103

    Please make checks out to "WWFOR" and designate your gift to "WSRCAT" in the memo section of your check. Thank you!



    Washington State Religious Campaign Against Torture - WSRCAT


    Torture is a crime against humanity.



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