The following was written by Kelly Kundrat, an intern with the Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns, and was published in the November-December 2013 NewsNotes.
Human Rights Day -- December 10 -- presents an opportunity, every year, to celebrate human rights, highlight a specific issue, and advocate for the full enjoyment of all human rights by everyone everywhere.
June is Torture Awareness Month. TASSC is holding its annual week of events June 22-26.
As of early May, it is believed that at least 100 men held at the U.S. military detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba are participating in a hunger strike; 23 are being force fed. While prisoners at Guantanamo have fasted to protest their detention and/or treatment over the 11 years of the facility’s use, this current strike began in February as a response both to a new, harsher team of guards and to the fact that the imprisonment appears to be open-ended with little hope for release.
Faith communities are invited to participate in efforts to educate about the use of torture and about ways to end it.
Attend a screening of "Beneath the blindfold" on Friday, Feb. 8 in Washington, D.C.
From our colleagues at the National Religious Campaign Against Torture (NRCAT):
January 11, 2013 will be the 11th anniversary of the opening of the detention center at Guantanamo. Please email your members of Congress and the president now and remind them that you expect them to close the prison at Guantanamo.
Mark the 11th anniversary of the opening on the detention facility at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba.
After nearly 30 years, Efrain Ríos Montt finally will face trial for genocide and crimes against humanity. Ríos Montt was Guatemala's president for 17 months during 1982 to 1983, when at least 1,771 people were killed, 1,445 raped and nearly 30,000 displaced, the bloodiest period of the country's brutal 36-year civil war. The following article was published in the March-April 2012 NewsNotes.
Join the annual vigil to close the School of the Americas/Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation, Nov. 16-18, 2012, in Columbus GA at the gates of Ft. Benning.
Learn more about workshops and other events that weekend at the SOA Watch website.