National Religious Campaign Against Torture

Dear Friends, Today marks the tenth anniversary of the founding of the National Religious Campaign Against Torture. Along with many others I founded NRCAT in response to the lack of outcry from faith communities after the Abu Ghraib photographs were … Continue reading

Dear Friends,

Today marks the tenth anniversary of the founding of the National Religious Campaign Against Torture.

Along with many others I founded NRCAT in response to the lack of outcry from faith communities after the Abu Ghraib photographs were released.  Thanks to your hard work and partnership, today NRCAT is one of the most respected faith-based organizations working against U.S.-sponsored torture, at home and abroad.

NRCAT’s core principle is the fundamental belief shared by each of our religious traditions — the sacredness of human life.  This means all human life without exception.  We are convinced that torture, like rape, slavery and genocide, is never justified.

NRCAT strives to close the prison at Guantanamo Bay, because no human being should be detained without charges or trial, for years on end, or subjected to force-feeding and torture.  As people of faith we advocate a system of justice grounded in compassion, decency, and the rule of law.  The continued existence of Guantanamo is a testament to the ongoing revolt of fear over compassion, brutality over decency, and high crimes over the principle that our nation should be governed by law.

At NRCAT we agree with the UN and others that the current practice of solitary confinement in U.S. prisons and jails is tantamount to torture.  What does it say about us as a nation that we tolerate the long-term isolation of fellow human beings, including children?   We know that prolonged solitary confinement causes extreme duress, emotional disorder and even damage to the brain.  Those who suffer the torture of this extreme isolation have been known to start talking to the insects in their cell.

I am proud that NRCAT has been in the forefront of working against anti-Muslim bigotry as it exists in our nation today.   We will continue to stand in solidarity with those most vulnerable to irrational hysteria and unjust repression.

When NRCAT was launched in 2006, I had hoped it would not need to exist for this long.  Unfortunately, our nation still has a long way to go in ending torture, and as the pro-torture statements of certain presidential candidates have shown, our work is needed now more than ever.  Visit www.nrcat.org often for updates and opportunities to continue our work together.

I am deeply grateful for your faithful partnership in upholding the sacredness of human life and supporting the religious movement to end torture.

Sincerely,

Dr. George Hunsinger
Founder

P.S.  Click here to make a financial gift to NRCAT today.

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Dear Friends, Next week the Senate is planning to vote on H.R. 4038, a bill that would slam the door in the face of Iraqi and Syrian refugees who have been victimized by ISIS and Assad.  Please write to your … Continue reading

Dear Friends,

Next week the Senate is planning to vote on H.R. 4038, a bill that would slam the door in the face of Iraqi and Syrian refugees who have been victimized by ISIS and Assad.  Please write to your Members of Congress and tell them that our country should be a place of safety for those fleeing violence.

Fear and cowardice are not the way forward.  ISIS has done terrible things but our reaction to them should not be to punish their victims.  Refugees already face an intense, often multi-year screening process to ensure that they are not a threat.  We should not make it harder for them.  Instead our country should protect victims of torture, abuse, and other forms of violence.  Please write to your Members of Congress today and tell them that you oppose H.R. 4038.

Sincerely,

Matt Hawthorne
Policy Director

P.S. You can also extend a hand of welcome to refugees in your local community.  We encourage you to think of ways you can also help local refugee families – whether by raising money, contributing time or goods, or making clear to your local elected leaders that you believe your community should be a welcoming one.

Uploaded on Nov 15, 2010
Trailer from the multi-award winning documentary Climate Refugees

for documentary filmmaker and immigration expert Sheila Murray, the Syrian refugee crisis is only a prelude.

Her film on international refugee law, No Place to Go, was made for Amnesty International Canada’s refugee program.

In a 2010 report in Refuge magazine, Murray predicted that by 2050, the world could see a mass exodus of 200 million environmental refugees fleeing homelands rendered uninhabitable by extreme weather, rising sea levels, and mega-droughts.

Published on Oct 27, 2015
This drone footage filmed near the Croatian border shows thousands of migrants and refugees crossing through farmland on foot.


People are outraged to see refugees with smartphones. They shouldn’t be.

By: Lloyd Alter

September 8, 2015, 4:16 p.m.

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