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Panel: The Moral and Political Obligation to Resist Torture
WhenTuesday, Sep. 26, 2017, 7 – 9 p.m.
Campus locationWilliam H. Gates Hall (LAW)
Campus roomRoom 133
Event typesAcademics, Lectures/Seminars, Special Events

From Post-9/11 to the Present

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 7:00-9:00 p.m.
4293 Memorial Way NE, Seattle

Event to include award ceremoy for work of ACLU on accountability
Presented on behalf of WSRCAT by former US Congressman JIM MCDERMOTT

Where there is torture there has always been resistance to it. Without resistance there is no counter-force to the torturing state.  In the post-9/11 era, resistance has taken many forms: dissent from individuals within the military, the security agencies and other government bodies; investigative reporting; legal challenges; the mobilization of popular resistance through the work of national and international human rights and religious organizations; grassroots efforts at the local level to raise citizen awareness and organize efforts to end torture; and, not least, the willingness of people to become informed and find ways to respond.


JOHN KIRIAKOU is the former CIA whistleblower who first made public that the CIA was using waterboarding.  He currently speaks and writes on a range of topics, including torture and whistleblower protection.  He will be discussing dissenters in relation to torture from within the security agencies, the military, and other government bodies.… and

LISA HAJJAR, a professor at University of California, Santa Barbara and a prominent scholar who has written extensively about torture, will discuss the legal resistance to torture.…

RON STIEF, executive director of the National Religious Campaign Against Torture will discuss the importance of resistance from national human rights and faith-based organizations.…

ROB CRAWFORD, co-founder and facilitator of the Washington State Religious Campaign Against Torture… and professor emeritus from University of Washington, Tacoma, will discuss grassroots resistance to torture.

PRESENTED by Washington State Religius Campaign Against Torture

CO-SPONSORS: National Religious Campaign Against Torture; Center for Victims of Torture; UW Center for Human Rights; University of Washington School of Law; UW Sustainable International Development graduate program; UW International Human Rights Clinic; Peace and Justice Action League of Spokane; Spokane Veterans for Peace, #035; Amnesty International Puget Sound; Western Washington, Seattle Fellowship of Reconciliation; Veterans For Peace, Greater Seattle Chapter 92; ACLU of Washington; Peace Action Group of Plymouth Church, UC; and the Department of Political Science.

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