Statement by the President


This post updated April 28, 2009.

I took note of this in September 2006 and posted it here at that time ( Published on: Sep 21, 2006 @ 21:02):

From the official White House website, a reminder of what was advocated by our then- Chief Executive, George W. Bush, in a speech to the United Nations just a little over three nearly six years ago. (the Statement by the President has scrolled off the White House website since the change of administration; but can be found several places on the Web.)  [emphasis added by blogger, April 2009]

Today, on the United Nations International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, the United States declares its strong solidarity with torture victims across the world. Torture anywhere is an affront to human dignity everywhere. We are committed to building a world where human rights are respected and protected by the rule of law.

Freedom from torture is an inalienable human right. The Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment, ratified by the United States and more than 130 other countries since 1984, forbids governments from deliberately inflicting severe physical or mental pain or suffering on those within their custody or control. ….[]

[] …..The United States is committed to the world-wide elimination of torture and we are leading this fight by example. I call on all governments to join with the United States and the community of law-abiding nations in prohibiting, investigating, and prosecuting all acts of torture and in undertaking to prevent other cruel and unusual punishment. I call on all nations to speak out against torture in all its forms and to make ending torture an essential part of their diplomacy….[].

…No people, no matter where they reside, should have to live in fear of their own government. Nowhere should the midnight knock foreshadow a nightmare of state-commissioned crime. The suffering of torture victims must end, and the United States calls on all governments to assume this great mission.

[blogger’s comment, 2006]: Those are good words, and represent a noble standard. Leading by example is, on this issue, definitely the way to go. Let us both work and pray that the substance of United States policy and practice exemplify such leadership without equivocation.

[same blogger, 2009, under a different administration]:  Amen!

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