Anti-Torture

Take Action!

Support an anti-torture bill your state legislature. This bill will revoke licenses of state medical professionals who participate in enhanced interrogation or torture.
  • Require state licensing agencies to inform clinicians that if they participate in coercive interrogation or torture, they will be subject to both professional and criminal sanctions;
  • Require any medical professional licensed your state who participates in enhanced interrogation or torture to have his or her license revoked;
  • Give state residents the right to know if their provider has been complicit in torture.
Hold state health professionals who torture responsible. Download letters to your state representative and senator, complete them with your name and address, and return them to us; we will deliver to the appropriate offices. Send completed letters to:
 World Without Genocide
875 Summit Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55105

What is Torture?

 “…any act by which severe pain or suffering, whether physical or mental, is intentionally inflicted on a person for such purposes as obtaining from him, or a third person, information or a confession, punishing him for an act he or a third person has committed or is suspected of having committed, or intimidating or coercing him or a third person, or for any consent or acquiescence of a public official or other person acting in an official capacity.” – The UN Convention Against Torture
Doctors, psychologists, nurses, and physicians’ assistants have been involved in determining the threshold for abuse, calibrating pain, and dictating how far torture techniques can be pushed without killing victims.

1,300,000 million victims of torture live in the United States

 It is a crime in the U.S. to torture. Torture is prohibited nationally and internationally:

Nationally
United States Torture Statute
United States War Crimes Act

Internationally
United Nations Convention Against Torture
Geneva Convention, Article 3

Because of the egregious nature of torture, a torturer can be prosecuted anywhere in the world, regardless of where the crime was committed.