(Update 9/29) Reminder: sign-on Possibility for the UN Committee Against Torture Shadow Report of Advocates for US Torture Prosecutions

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Benjamin G. Davis, Associate Prodessor of Law, University of Toledo College of Law

Dear Colleagues,

(Update sent to the Volokh Conspiracy, Lawfareblog, Just Security, Opiniojuris.org, Jurist.org, and War is a Crime.org – Volokh declined as they do not generally put these things up. So made a comment there and at Lawfareblog.Com on the Holder thread. War is a Crime put it up right away and sent it out).

This is just a reminder that the UN Committee Against Torture will be reviewing the U.S. Periodic report in November and the State Department will be meeting with Civil Society in October to evaluate the U.S. compliance with its international obligations under the Convention Against Torture and Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment.

This is the first such periodic review since 2006.

Advocates for US Torture Prosecutions has prepared a shadow report available at

and we are inviting persons and organizations who believe in maintaining the absolute prohibition on torture to sign on.

Persons interested should contact Deborah Popowski at dpopowski@law.harvard.edu of the Harvard International Human Rights Clinic on or before this Monday, September 29, 2014 if they wish to sign on.

Please consider passing this information also to organizations and interested persons so they are aware of this opportunity.

Thank you for considering this matter.


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