The National Religious Campaign Against Torture invites you to participate in the “Preventing Torture Everywhere” campaign (www.nrcat.org/opcat). In this campaign, NRCAT is urging President Obama to sign a new treaty that will help prevent torture worldwide. The treaty, called the Optional Protocol to the Convention Against Torture (OPCAT), requires each participating nation to create an oversight mechanism to prevent torture from occurring in detention centers, police stations, mental health hospitals, and prisons. 57 nations have ratified OPCAT and 22 additional nations have signed it. Unfortunately, the U.S. is not among them.
On December 10, 2011 (Human Rights Day), NRCAT will take to the White House the signatures of people of faith who endorsed the NRCAT statement that asks President Obama to sign OPCAT. With your help, we want to deliver 10,000 signatures.
NRCAT, working with UU ministers, is preparing worship materials for congregations to stand with the NRCAT delegation to the White House.
NRCAT is asking UU congregations to consider four tasks as participants in this campaign:
Gather signatures from individuals in your congregation for NRCAT’s statement supporting OPCAT that we will take to the White House – www.nrcat.org/opcat_petition
Show the video “Preventing Torture Everywhere” in your congregation – www.nrcat.org/opcat_video. It features Linda Gustitus, NRCAT’s president, who is a long time UU.
Urge your congregation to endorse the statement – www.nrcat.org/opcat
Encourage 2 or 3 other UU congregations to participate in the “Preventing Torture Everywhere” campaign. Your congregation’s effort against torture has been terrific; we hope to expand our work to other UU congregations that have yet to join us.