Amnesty Pressure Helps Defeat Senator Ayotte’s “Torture Amendment”

February 14, 2012

Amnesty Pressure Helps Defeat Senator Ayotte’s “Torture Amendment”

Senator Kelly Ayotte's (R-NH) effort to pass a "torture amendment" that would open the door to "enhanced interrogation techniques"--otherwise known as torture--has been defeated, at least for now, after sustained grassroots pressure and high level advocacy. This is a small but very important step in the fight against torture--made possible by the activism of thousands of Americans along with lobbying by Amnesty International and many other organizations.

Amnesty International USA’s efforts do not stop here. The struggle against torture is far from over. There has been virtually no accountability for torture, as required by international law. Indefinite detention and unfair trials in the name of US national security continue at Guantanamo and the US detention facility at Bagram in Afghanistan.

Get involved in the Security with Human Rights Campaign’s efforts for justice: call for Shaker Aamer to be charged and fairly tried, or released from Guantanamo and for torture-survivor Maher Arar to have his right to remedy fulfilled.

And take part in these upcoming events: on March 31st, join us in Denver for Amnesty International’s Annual General Meeting and a panel discussion on How to Close Guantanamo; on April 27, take part in a Day of Action against Guantanamo & Torture; and in June take part in Torture Awareness Month activism.

To get involved in any one of these projects, stay tuned on the Security with Human Rights page or contact [email protected]. Together, we have the power to achieve human rights for all people.