NCC, interfaith group call torture intolerable

U.S. "must take the lead in condemning torture"
Whether antitorture provisions become a part of U.S. law or not, the National Council of Churches’ General Assembly last month called any use of torture unacceptable and contrary to U.S. and international norms. “Torture, regardless of circumstance, humiliates and debases torturer and tortured alike,” said a statement approved unanimously by the November 9-11 annual meeting of the NCC and Church World Service.

Assembly delegates commended an antitorture amendment added to the U.S. Senate’s 2006 defense appropriations bill, and to another bill as well, under the leadership of Republican senator John McCain of Arizona, who suffered torture himself as a prisoner of war in Vietnam. The House did not have such provisions in its bills.


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