Oscar Nomination for Zero Dark Thirty Underscores Need to Release Senate Torture Report

Press Release
February 25, 2013

Oscar Nomination for Zero Dark Thirty Underscores Need to Release Senate Torture Report

Contact: Sharon Singh, ssingh@aiusa.org, 202-675-8579, @spksingh

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) — Rachel Ward, U.S. program director for Amnesty International USA, issued the following the statement the day after the Oscars regarding Zero Dark Thirty's nomination:

"Zero Dark Thirty was nominated for 'Best Picture,' not 'Best Documentary.' The full truth about U.S. torture has not yet been told.

"That's why the Senate Intelligence Committee report about the CIA's treatment of detainees must be released immediately. The report contains new — by some accounts shocking — information about the CIA's use of torture. But the report may never see the light of day, due to pressure from the CIA and others who want to keep it under wraps.

"The public has the right to know the truth about torture and the U.S. government has an obligation to ensure that no one is ever tortured again. The most important conclusion is that torture is immoral, illegal and never, ever justified."

Amnesty International is a Nobel Peace Prize-winning grassroots activist organization with more than 3 million supporters, activists and volunteers in more than 150 countries campaigning for human rights worldwide. The organization investigates and exposes abuses, educates and mobilizes the public, and works to protect people wherever justice, freedom, truth and dignity are denied.