Faith leaders speak out against US use of torture and human experimentation on detainees from Afghanistan and Iraq

By Jonathan Bartley
June 7, 2010

Faith leaders in the US have added their voices to the growing outcry over the new report by Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) that finds that doctors under the Bush Administration conducted illegal and unethical human experimentation on detainees in CIA custody.

A video released today by the National Religious Campaign Against Torture (NRCAT) the religious leaders urges Americans to demand that Congress establish a Commission of Inquiry to uncover all the facts behind the growing body of evidence that the US violated US law when it engaged in torture and to recommend safeguards that are needed to make sure that torture never happens again.

The video, Accounting for Torture: Being Faithful to our Values is below.

In it, Rev Richard Killmer, NRCAT's executive director says: "This groundbreaking report from Physicians for Human Rights reveals deeply disturbing evidence that our government committed, in our names, forced human experimentation that recalls some of humanity's darkest days—charges from which no person of faith can afford to turn away."

The video features PHR lead medical author Scott Allen, who describes the PHR findings that physicians, working for the CIA, engaged in human experimentation. Forced human experimentation is a violation of numerous US laws and international conventions, including the Nuremberg Code, adopted in response to Nazi atrocities.

Allen is joined in the video by:

• Rev. Dr. Michael Kinnamon, General Secretary, National Council of Churches

• Rabbi Gerald Serrota, Executive Director, Clergy Beyond Borders

• Rev. Peg Chemberlin, Executive Director, Minnesota Council of Churches

• Rev. Richard Cizik, President, New Evangelical Partnership for the Common Good

• Jim Winkler, General Secretary, General Board of Church and Society, United Methodist Church

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