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24 Jun 2015 | News

WOLA Joins International, U.S. Groups in Calling To Ensure Accountability for the U.S. CIA Torture Program

The following statement was delivered during the 29th Session of the UN Human Rights Council, on June 24, 2015. It was jointly submitted by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Argentina's Centro de Estudios Legales y Sociales (CELS), the Brazilian Conectas Direitos Humanos, and the Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA), and is supported by 100 human rights organizations around the world.

New call from national and international rights groups on the need to ensure accountability for the U.S. CIA Torture Program


Mr. President, this statement is delivered on behalf of 100 organizations from all over the world.

Last December, the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence released the summary of its investigation into the Detention and Interrogation Program operated by the CIA. Since then, the international human rights community has reiterated the call for full transparency and accountability for this unlawful program, in which systematic human rights violations were committed.

Last month, during the US’ UPR, several States raised the issue of accountability and reparations for abuses in the context of the U.S. counter-terrorism policies and practices. They also emphasized the need to end indefinite detention and close Guantánamo.

On Friday, the world will mark the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture. The U.S.’s failure to hold accountable those responsible for the CIA torture program, ensure the victims’ rights to truth and reparations, and guarantee non-repetition is a serious blow to the international human rights system and the global effort to eradicate torture and enforced disappearance, in particular.

During its next session, the Council will adopt the UPR report on the U.S. The Council should send a strong message against impunity for torture and enforced disappearances and demand that the United States meet the full spectrum of its international obligations, including declassification of the full Senate report, independent comprehensive criminal investigation, and the issuing of apologies and compensation to victims.

The struggle for truth and accountability for human rights violations can be a long and difficult journey. Yet the US has much to gain from rejecting impunity, returning to the rule of law, and providing adequate redress to those brutally abused by the CIA program.

Submitted by:

American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)

Centro de Estudios Legales y Sociales (CELS)

Conectas Direitos Humanos

Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA)


Endorsed by

Abogadas y Abogados para la Justicia y los Derechos Humanos, A. C

Abuelas de Plaza de Mayo

Acción Solidaria en VIH/Sida

Advocates for U.S. Torture Prosecutions

African Centre for Democracy and Human Rights Studies 

Ágora Espacio Civil Paraguay

Allard K. Lowenstein International Human Rights Clinic, Yale Law School

Appeal for Justice

Asociación de Familiares de Presos y Desaparecidos Saharauis

Asociación MINGA

Asociación para la Prevención de la Tortura

Asociación Pro derechos Humanos

Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies

Center for Constitutional Rights

Center for Justice and Accountability

Center for Victims of Torture

Centre for Human Rights

Centro de Derechos Humanos de las Mujeres, A. C.

Centro de Documentación en Derechos Humanos “Segundo Montes Mozo S.J.”

Centro de Políticas Públicas y Derechos Humanos 

Centro por la Justicia y el Derecho Internacional

Centro Regional de Derechos Humanos y Justicia de Género – Corporación Humanas

Civilis Derechos Humanos

Colectivo de Abogados "José Alvear Restrepo"

Coletivo PESO/Periferia Soberana

Comisión de Justicia y Paz

Comisión Ecuménica de Derechos Humanos

Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative

Consultoría para los Derechos Humanos y el Desplazamiento

Coordinadora Nacional de Derechos Humanos

Corporación Sisma Mujer

Defensa de Niñas y Niños- Internacional

Diyarbakir Bar Association

Due Process of Law Foundation

Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights

European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights

Four Freedoms Forum & Hawai'i Institute for Human Rights

Fundación Myrna Mack

Fundar. Centro de Análisis e Investigación A.C

Gillis Long Poverty Law Center – Loyola University New Orleans College of Law

Global Justice Clinic, NYU School of Law

Grupo de Mujeres de San Cristóbal de las Casas

Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights

Human Rights Committee of the Law Society of England and Wales

Human Rights Institute of Columbia Law School

Human Rights Law Network

Human Rights Watch

Instituto Braços – Centro de Defesa de Direitos Humanos de Sergipe

Instituto Brasileiro de Ciências Criminais

Instituto de Estudios Comparados en Ciencias Penales de Guatemala

Instituto de Estudios Legales y Sociales del Uruguay

Instituto Internacional de Derecho y Sociedad

Instituto Migrações e Direitos Humanos

Instituto Pro Bono

International Center for Advocates Against Discrimination

International Commission of Jurists

International Federation for Human Rights

International Human Rights Clinic, Harvard Law School

International Human Rights Program, Boston University School of Law

International Justice Network


Justice Studies Department -Northeastern Illinois University

Kenya Human Rights Commission

KontraS (Commission for the Disappeared and Victims of Violence) in Indonesia

Laboratório de Análise Política Mundial

Legal Resources Centre

Madres Linea Fundadora

Meiklejohn Civil Liberities Institute

Minority Rights Group International

Movimiento Autónomo de Mujeres

National Lawyers Guild

North Carolina Stop Torture Now

Observatorio Venezolano de Prisiones

Oficina Jurídica Para la Mujer

Partnership For Justice

Paz y Esperanza

PEN American Center

Physicians for Human Rights

Plataforma Interamericana de Derechos Humanos, Democracia y Desarrollo

Programa de Pós Graduação em Segurança Pública e Direitos Humanos da Universidade Federal de Rondônia

Programa Venezolano de Educación Acción en Derechos Humanos

Psychologists for Social Responsibility

Quaker House


Santa Clara University School of Law, International Human Rights Clinic

Seguridad en Democracia

Sociedade Maranhense de Direitos Humanos

The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights

The Woodhull Sexual Freedom Alliance

Torture Abolition and Survivors Support Coalition (TASSC) International

Unidad de Protección a Defensores y Defensoras de Derechos Humanos de Guatemala

Unión Nacional de Mujeres Guatemaltecas

Unitarian Universalist Service Committee

US Human Rights Network

Women's Link Worldwide

World Organization Against Torture