The abuses photographed in Abu Ghraib were universally condemned, but these have not been the last incidents of torture and ill-treatment by US officials. Reports of abuses continue to emerge from Afghanistan, Guantánamo Bay, Iraq and elsewhere.
The US government has conducted reviews and investigations but they have not had the independence or reach necessary. A full, transparent and independent investigation of crimes must take place to ensure accountability for the human rights violations that are alleged to have occurred in US custody, including arbitrary detentions, "disappearances", torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment. Prosecutions must follow such an investigation, to prevent further torture and ill-treatment.
Detainees have been subjected to conditions of prolonged isolation, sleep and sensory deprivation, sexual and other humiliation, mock executions and other threats. To stop these practices, in the name of the "war on terror", call on President Bush to act now.
I am deeply concerned by the reports of torture and ill-treatment by US officials or with their involvement that continue to emerge from Iraq, Afghanistan, and Guantánamo. Amnesty International has interviewed former detainees released from US-run facilities in Iraq, Afghanistan and Guantánamo who reported being subjected to torture or other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment during interrogation and detention. Other evidence from detainee and non-detainee sources suggests that these are far from isolated incidents.
During the past year, the US government has conducted a number of reviews and investigations into the subject of detainee treatment and interrogation. However, none has had the independence or reach necessary to ensure a full accounting for the human rights violations that are alleged to have occurred in US custody, including arbitrary detentions, "disappearances", torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment.
The stop guantanamo petition to firstname.lastname@example.org was written by leonardo and is in the category Human Rights at GoPetition.