Human Rights


September 15, 2006








September 14, 2006

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...

August 8, 2006

The abhorrent practice of child marriage victimizes young women and girls around the world and contributes to the extreme poverty and insecurity that destabilizes much of sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. The International Child Marriage Prevention and Protection Act of 2006 (S.3651),...

November 19, 2005

National Interreligious Leadership Initiative for Peace in the Middle East (Project of A Different Future) P.O. Box 6307 Hamden, CT 06517

November 20, 2005

The Honorable Condoleezza Rice The Honorable Karen Hughes U.S....

November 17, 2005

A House and Senate conference committee has just completed its work on legislation reauthorizing the Patriot Act passed after the September 11 attacks. Votes are expected this week on their final bill. The Patriot Act granted broad and sweeping investigative and surveillance authority to the...

November 14, 2005

The Honorable Jeff BingamanThe United States Senate703 Hart Senate Office BuildingWashington, DC 20510

Dear Senator Bingaman:

We write on behalf of The Episcopal Church in support of Senator Bingaman’s upcoming efforts to address the shortcomings in Senator Graham’s amendment...

November 11, 2005

Delegates to the 2005 General Assembly of the National Council of Churches USA and Church World Service, held November 8-10 in Hunt Valley, Maryland, have deplored the fact that, as the House of Representatives begins debate on anti-torture provisions in the 2006 Defense Appropriations bill,...

October 19, 2005

During the past year the country has been shocked and sadden by the treatment of prisoners in our military custody both in Iraq and at Guantanamo Bay.

In 2004, Executive Council established policy calling on the US Government to: “conduct itself in all aspects of the [War on Terror]...

October 12, 2005

Responding to Senate action last week, Presiding Bishop Frank Griswold sent a letter to Senator John McCain (R-AZ) thanking him for offering and gaining passage of an amendment establishing uniform standards for the conduct of U.S. military personnel when interrogating those held in U.S....

October 11, 2005

The Honorable John McCain241 Russell Senate Office BuildingWashington, D.C. 20510

Dear Senator McCain:

Episcopalians, along with many in our nation, have expressed grave concern for the treatment of detainees at Guantanamo Bay Naval Base in Cuba. On behalf of the Episcopal Church...