Target: President Barack Obama
Goal: Urge United States to comply with international laws on torture
When the United Nations reviewed the United States’ statement of compliance regarding torture, they found it lacking. While the United States did state that it would not torture detainees, the United Nations noticed various loopholes and inaction that the country failed to address. Issues such as denying torture victims a trial, or keeping prisoners unjustly detained were brought up by the United Nations. The use of torture is forbidden under any circumstance, but the United States continues to do this. Urge President Barack Obama to halt the use of torture and comply with international law.
International law specifically states that if one country has effective control over a territory, the nation is not allowed to use torture upon the citizens or detainees. Instead, the nation is supposed to ensure that all human beings are being treated humanely. The United States’ interprets the law differently. According to the U.S. this law does not apply to detention centers that were originally held by another nation, such as ones in Poland and Iraq. It allows the U.S. to harm individuals with little consequence to the country. Other detention centers such as the one in Guantanamo Bay have used this interpretation of the law to torture its prisoners.
The United Nations also expressed concern towards detainees receiving a fair trial. Many detainees who have been tortured requested a trial to be conducted, but the United States shrugged aside these requests. Often times complaints cannot be issued thanks to the CIA. The use of torture must be stopped, as it infringes upon human rights. Urge President Obama to comply with international law, and stop the use of torture in detention centers.
Dear President Barack Obama,
Recently, the United States was up for review by the United Nations, where the organization stated that the nation did not fully comply with international law regarding torture. This upsets me, as no person should be tortured for any reason. As a nation that supports human rights, I find it hypocritical for the United States to harm human beings in this manner.
I am writing this letter urging you to fully comply with international law. Stop using torture on detainees in detainment camps, and if a detainee wishes to make a complaint let the detainee make it. Trials regarding this matter should not go unheard of. A person has the right speak up, especially when that person is being hurt.
[Your Name Here]
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