CAT Day of Action

Fri Oct 17, 2014 - 8:15pm EDT
United States

On October 22, groups around the U.S. are collectively calling for an absolute end to torture in all its forms. This action coincides with Stop Police Brutality Day (October 22) and the 20th anniversary of the U.S. ratifying the UN Convention Against Torture (October 21).

Follow or join the conversation using #endtorture. Feel free to use and edit these sample tweets:

  • The #deathpenalty is torturous #EndTorture now. Demand that the US abide by the UN Convention Against Torture
  • Sending people back to their countries where they face serious risk of harm is inhumane #EndTorture
  • X-Chicago PD officer Jon Burge systematically tortured at least 110 black men and women from 1972-1991 and was never criminally charged #EndTorture
  • Shackling incarcerated women who are pregnant is abhorrent. It happens all the time in the US #EndTorture
  • The US is being reviewed by the UN on its torture record next month. Spread the word to #EndTorture before and during the #UNCAT review
  • Calling out all advocates of state and federal laws that provide appropriate accountability for perpetrators of torture.  #EndTorture
  • We stand in solidarity with the voiceless victims of cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.  #EndTorture
  • Children in adult criminal justice systems face higher risks of physical, sexual, and emotional assault and trauma.  #EndTorture
  • Solitary confinement can have long-term implications in the emotional and cognitive well-being of individuals in prison.  #EndTorture
  • We demand a humane alternative to immigrant detainment.  Calling for the protection of individual humanity, regardless of legal status #EndTorture
  • #StopPoliceBrutality #NotOneMore #JohnCrawford #TrayvonMartin #JordanDavis #MikeBrown #EricGarner #TooManyToName #ENDTORTURE

By formally accepting this treaty 20 years ago, the U.S. Government made a commitment to end the use of torture and inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment. Sadly, the U.S. Government has failed to meet this obligation and people continue to be subjected to torture, and cruel and dehumanizing treatment in the United States. The death penalty, police brutality, shackling of pregnant women, and the state of prison and detention conditions are all forms of torture. We need to end torture in all its forms now.

Next month, human rights activists will travel to Geneva, Switzerland for the United Nations’ review of the U.S. Government’s compliance with the Convention Against Torture. During the review, advocates will discuss key concerns around the government’s failure to sufficiently address cruel and inhumane treatment of civilians within U.S. borders, particularly in light of ongoing incidents of state-sanctioned violence and abuse happening in places like Ferguson, New York City, Chicago, and Los Angeles.

For more information about the various violations of the CAT treaty, check out the 43 other reports submitted through the USHRN to the UN Committee Against Torture. 

(Image credit: ACLU)