Human Rights

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April 11, 2007

Dear Senator,

As representatives of a diverse array of religious communities, we write to urge you to co-sponsor and vote in support of the Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act (LLEHCPA). In the 109th Congress, the House approved an identical bill on September 14, 2005 as an...

April 11, 2007

Dear Representative,

As representatives of a diverse array of religious communities, we write to urge you to co-sponsor and vote in support of HR 1592, the Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act (LLEHCPA). In the 109th Congress, the House approved an identical bill on...

April 4, 2007

"Torture violates the basic dignity of the human person that all religions, in their highest ideals, hold dear. It degrades everyone involved—policy-makers, perpetrators and victims. It contradicts our nation’s most cherished values. Any policies that permit torture and inhumane treatment...

March 12, 2007

With their own lives very probably on the line, nine human rights activists from the Philippines this week told stories of government-sponsored terror at a series of public hearings in Washington, D.C., several of them sponsored by church organizations.

Three bishops and six leaders of...

March 7, 2007

The Honorable Harry Reid Majority Leader United States Senate Washington, D.C. 20510

The Honorable Mitch McConnell Republican Leader United States Senate Washington, D.C. 20510

The Honorable Nancy Pelosi Speaker U.S. House of Representatives Washington, D.C. 20515

The...

March 2, 2007

The governing board of the National Council of Churches USA on February 26 spoke out against human-rights violations in the Philippines.

"The people of the Philippines are crying out for justice," said a resolution adopted by the group.

The resolution noted that "over the past...

October 26, 2006

The following is a quick update on issues with which we were engaged this fall. Congress was not able to complete its work and will return after the election for a “lame duck” session. Those sessions are often unpredictable but especially so if there are significant changes in the...

September 27, 2006

Dear Senator:

We are writing to strongly encourage you to reject the “compromise” Military Commissions Act of 2006 and to vote no on final passage of the bill. More than anything else, the bill compromises America’s commitment to fairness and the rule of law.

For the last...

September 26, 2006

Dear Representative:

We are writing to strongly encourage you to reject the “compromise” Military Commissions Act of 2006 and to vote no on final passage of the bill. More than anything else, the bill compromises America’s commitment to fairness and the rule of law.

For the...

September 17, 2006

Both houses of Congress are expected to vote this week on legislation proposed by the White House concerning treatment of detainees. In a statement sent to Congress on Friday, the Rt. Rev. George E. Packard, Suffragan Bishop for Chaplaincies, wrote:

I want to be clear that we believe...

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