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2005

Urgent - Call Congress Now - Help Stop Torture

We need your help right now.

Congressman Edward Markey (MA) is offering an amendment to the Supplemental Appropriations Act (HR 1268) currently under consideration on the House floor today.

The Markey Amendment would prohibit the use of any funds appropriated in the supplemental bill to support "renditions" of individuals to countries where they are likely to be tortured. Call your Representative now and ask them to vote to support the Markey Amendment.

There are growing reports of the United States handing detainees over to countries that use torture and other cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment. Amnesty International has reported cases of people being transferred into the custody of countries such as Syria, Egypt, Morocco and Saudi Arabia in violation of US and international law. This practice of "extraordinary renditions" contravenes the obligations to uphold the Eighth Amendment to the Constitution and the Convention Against Torture. It is illegal, impractical and immoral. The Markey Amendment is a step toward restoring the rule of law and protections of fundamental human rights.

CALL YOUR REPRESENTATIVE RIGHT AWAY

Phone number: 1-202-224-3121

Talking points:

-- As a constituent, I am calling to urge you to support the Markey Amendment to the Supplemental Appropriations Act (HR1268), which prevents funds being used to outsource torture.

-- I am very concerned about increasing evidence that the United States is involved in a practice known as "extraordinary renditions" to transfer individuals into the custody of countries that have a well-documented history of using torture and other forms of cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment.

-- The US has "rendered" detainees to Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Morocco and Syria where individuals have reported being held and tortured and have eventually been released without charge.

-- This practice does not make us safer and violates fundamental human rights and principles that are important to me.

-- Please vote in support of the Markey Amendment to the Supplemental Appropriations Act. Thank you.
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