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ACLU Calls on US to Fulfill International Obligations

Obama Orders Compliance With Treaties and an End to Torture

NEW YORK - By executive orders issued today, President Obama acted swiftly to end
the use of torture by the U.S., to "promote the safe, lawful, and
humane treatment of individuals in United States custody" and "to
ensure compliance with the treaty obligations of the United States,
including the Geneva Conventions."

The following can be attributed to Jamil Dakwar, Director of the American Civil Liberties Union Human Rights Program:

"President Obama's orders send an
important message to the world that United States is prepared to
reengage with the international community on human rights issues and to
conduct counter-terrorism measures in a manner that respects the rule
of law and U.S. treaty obligations. In formulating a plan for the
treatment of prisoners at Guantánamo and other international detention
centers, the Obama administration should break from the Bush
administration's distortion of the definition of torture and cruel and
inhumane treatment and end the unlawful rendition program. We are
hopeful that the administration will fully comply with international
treaties, including the Geneva Conventions and the Convention Against

President Obama's executive order to end torture is available online at:



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