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Torture Awareness Month

Date: 
Jun 1, 2016
Location: 
worldwide

Every June, human rights and faith organizations join together to mark June 26 as the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture and to raise awareness throughout the month.

This June, the National Religious Campaign Against Torture (NRCAT) invites faith communities to incorporate the color orange into worship services or other gatherings throughout the month, as a symbol of solidarity with all who endure torture: those in orange jumpsuits in Guantanamo to all those held in conditions of torture.

Torture: End prolonged solitary confinement

On June 19, the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Human Rights held the first-ever Congressional hearing to reassess the use of solitary confinement. Attendance was so high the hearing room filled and an overflow room contained over 100 more spectators. Following the hearing, Kathy McNeely, director of the Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns (MOGC), spoke at an interfaith press conference held by the National Religious Campaign Against Torture (NRCAT). The following article was written by Ainsley Rossitto, an intern with the MOGC, for the July-August 2012 issue of NewsNotes.

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