Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Rubenstein to Speak on US Torture in LA Wednesday

Len Rubenstein (See Bio Below) is to Speak on US Torture at the Los Angeles World Affairs Council
Physicians for Human Rights President Len Rubenstein will address the Los Angeles World Affairs Council on Wednesday, October 29 on “Intelligence Gathering, Torture, and the Future of Interrogation in U.S. Anti-Terrorist Operations.”

Mr. Rubenstein’s leadership on PHR investigation of the Bush Administration’s coercive interrogations of detainees culminated in Broken Laws, Broken Lives. Since PHR published Broken Laws Broken Lives, Mr. Rubenstein has consulted actively with military officials and Congressional offices on revisions to US policy that would ensure an end to US government participation in illegal coercive interrogations.

The Los Angeles World Affairs Council is a non-partisan public affairs forum whose membership is comprised of business and community leaders. Recent speakers at the Council have included CIA Director Michael Hayden and Admiral Mike Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

For more information about Mr. Rubenstein’s address, visit Here (and check back at this same site for more information updated soon)

Mr. Rubenstein has spent thirty years engaged in advocacy for human rights and health domestically and internationally. He has led human rights investigations throughout the world and in recent years his work has encompassed global HIV/AIDS; human rights and health systems development, gender inequality and health, and human rights dimensions of U.S. anti-terror policies and practices. He has written extensively, both for scholarly publications and in major media such as the New York Times, Washington Post, and Boston Globe, about the relationship of human rights and health, including the role of human rights organizations in advancing social, economic and cultural rights.

Physicians for Human Rights is an organization that mobilizes the health professions to advance human rights. For details and to sign up for newsletter,go Here

PHR has established in a scientific manner that claims of torture by detainees in American custody could, in fact, be substantiated via medical examination. Their findings were published in a report, Broken Laws, Broken Lives.

After years of disclosures by government investigations, media accounts, and reports from human rights organizations, there is no longer any doubt as to whether the current administration has committed war crimes. The only question that remains to be answered is whether those who ordered the use of torture will be held to account.

[Editor's note: This photo by takomabibelot features a banner created and designed by Firedoglake reader BonnieT of Austin, Texas, where she operates OpposeTorture.org.]

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