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

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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 - 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

DATE:
       
Thursday, April 30, 2009

WHO:

               
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.

END:
         
      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.

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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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