Our Mission

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 Rabbi Charles Feinberg "breaks bread" with other faith leaders after a fast in solidarity with the Guantanamo detainees

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Mission

Interfaith Action for Human Rights (IAHR) represents people from a broad range of faith communities and others within the U.S. mid-Atlantic region who have mobilized collectively to change the culture, policies, and practices that permit or facilitate U.S.-sponsored torture or otherwise violate human dignity. In addition to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, we are guided by the wisdom of our respective faith traditions.

Our Core Issues

  • Supporting measures to ensure the U.S. never tortures again
  • Ending indefinite detention without charges or trial
  • Ending prolonged solitary confinement in U.S. prisons
  • Countering the bigotry that can lead some to justify torture and ill-treatment      

Our Specific Goals

  • Raise public awareness of U.S.-sponsored torture
  • Urge policymakers to ensure accountability for U.S. torture, including by making public all of the facts about torture and ill-treatment by U.S. personnel and strengthening relevant laws
  • Close the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba
  • Require improved data-gathering on the use of prolonged solitary confinement in U.S. detention facilities
  • Prohibit prolonged isolation of youth and mentally ill inmates
  • Oppose bigotry against religious and ethnic minorities, especially anti-Muslim bias, which often facilitates torture and ill-treatment
  • Challenge U.S. policies that support the use of torture by other countries

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