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ISNA, Religious Organizations Reaffirm Stand Against Torture

ISNA, Religious Organizations Reaffirm Stand Against Torture

In recognition of June as Torture Awareness Month, ISNA encourages Muslim communities all over the nation to join us in taking a stand against torture.  The National Religious Campaign Against Torture (NRCAT) is a membership organization of religious leaders and entities committed to ending torture that is sponsored or enabled by the United States.  To this end, NRCAT hosts campaigns to raise awareness about and mobilize legislative action against the use of torture.

ISNA has been a founding member of NRCAT since the organization’s inception in 2006.  On June 26, ISNA and NRCAT will recognize the United Nations’ International Day in Support of Victims of Torture.  In honor of that day, ISNA encourages Muslim communities to watch a 10-minute film entitled “Repairing the Brokenness,” which can be found online here.

In the film, ISNA Executive Council Member and Immediate Past President Dr. Ingrid Mattson, joins other faith leaders in speaking about the importance of repentance, redemption and healing our nation from the brokenness caused by the use of torture.  The video calls for a Commission of Inquiry, to ascertain the extent to which U.S. interrogation practices have constituted torture and “cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment”.

ISNA strongly believes that torture is always wrong.  As a moral imperative, we believe that we ought to encourage one another to learn more about why torture must be stopped and to take a stand against it.  Understanding the causes and scope of U.S.-sponsored torture is essential for preventing it in the future and eliminating it all together.  You can join ISNA and help make a difference by clicking here, and signing the statement urging the U.S. government to establish a Commission of Inquiry on torture