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April 23, 2009
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Amnesty International Members and Other Activists to March from Capitol to White House as President Reaches 100 Days Mark

On April 30, Human Rights Groups March, Speak Out on Need for Independent Commission to Investigate War on Terror Abuses

WASHINGTON - April 23 - As President Obama marks 100 days in office, Amnesty International USA and Witness Against Torture members, along with other activists, will push for accountability for past detainee abuses as they march from the U.S. Capitol to the White House on Thursday, April 30, 2009 beginning at 10 a.m.

Participants will reiterate their urgent call to President Obama and the U.S. Congress for an independent commission to investigate abuses committed by the previous administration its war on terror.

Activists will gather at the Capitol Reflecting Pool at 10 a.m. to hear from speakers before marching up Pennsylvania Avenue to Lafayette Square in front of the White House where they will hold a demonstration with speakers starting at 11:30 a.m.

In addition to accountability, Amnesty International activists have called on the president to undertake concrete human rights reforms during his first 100 days in office, some of which he has started, such as banning torture and closing Guantanamo.

EVENT:       March from Capitol to White House Calling for Accountability for Torture
        Thursday, April 30, 2009
               Amnesty International USA and Witness Against Torture activists and supporters
START:        Begins at 10 a.m. at Capitol Reflecting Pool Intersection of Pennsylvania Ave and 3rd Street, S.W.
                Ends with demonstration at Lafayette Square (southeast quadrant) at 11:30 a.m. Intersection of Pennsylvania Ave and Madison Place, N.W.

Amnesty International is a Nobel Peace Prize-winning grassroots activist organization with more than 2.2 million supporters, activists and volunteers in more than 150 countries campaigning for human rights worldwide. The organization investigates and exposes abuses, educates and mobilizes the public, and works to protect people wherever justice, freedom, truth and dignity are denied.


We are people from across the world standing up for humanity and human rights. Our purpose is to protect people wherever justice, freedom, truth and dignity are denied. We investigate and expose abuses, educate and mobilize the public, and help transform societies to create a safer, more just world.


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