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[ Presenting plain-text part of multi-format email ] CPT Announces Campaign to Ensure Justice for Iraqi Detainees Since July 2003, Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) Iraq has been following the cases of numerous Iraqis detained by US forces. Often these detentions have involved acts of violence, including the following: --house raids using excessive force against unarmed civilians; --theft and destruction of personal property; --lack of legal representation or clear judicial process for detainees; --mistreatment, including torture of detainees during interrogation and in prison camps --withholding of information about detainees' whereabouts and well-being from the detainees' families and/or Iraqi and international human rights organizations. These actions are violations of Iraqis' human rights according to international law and fuel violent responses which endanger the lives of the Coalition soldiers who occupy Iraq. CPT Iraq is working in partnership with Iraqi community leaders and human rights organizations to publicize the stories of Iraqi detainees and their families. In addition, CPT Iraq workers meet with US officials in the Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA) to ask for changes in these detention policies. CPT Iraq also accompanies families of detainees in search of information about, and justice for, their loved ones. CPT Iraq asks its North American supporters to participate directly in this campaign from their home communities. We know that communications by people of faith to national leadership via delegations, faxes and letters makes a significant difference. CPT asks its constituents to do the following: -Print and share detainee testimonies with your church congregation, campus ministry groups, and other gatherings of concerned people. Post copies in high-traffic areas such as hallway bulletin boards at your church. -Take copies of detainee testimonies and related campaign materials to the editors of your local newspaper, radio and television stations and ask them to cover this issue. -Call and/or fax your elected officials asking for an end to excessive force in detaining Iraqis accused of crimes and a guarantee of timely due process for Iraqi detainees as provided for under international law. -As individuals or a small group, follow up your fax/call with a visit to your elected officials while they are in their home districts during this holiday recess. Bring copies of the testimonies to share with them. (Especially important!) -Form a small group to consider which creative, non-violent public witness activities could best alert your elected officials and local community to the need for change in U.S. policy on detainees. -Pray for the safety and health of Iraqi detainees, their families, Coalition soldiers and officials who carry out the detentions of Iraqis. Names and Addresses: For names and addresses of legislative and executive officials in Washington please consult http://congress.org/congressorg/home/ Canadian citizens are asked to contact the following officials: Hon. Bill Graham, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, House of Commons, Ottawa ON K1A 0A6 HE Paul Cellucci, Ambassador, Embassy of The United States of America, 490 Sussex Dr., Ottawa ON K1N 1G8 Citizens of other countries are asked to contact their U.S. Ambassador as well as their Minister of Foreign Affairs and other officials as applicable to this issue. For more information and complete detainee testimonies, visit our website: www.cpt.org/iraq Get CPT emails from Iraq: email@example.com _______________________________________________ Sent via the discussion list of the Campaign Against Sanctions on Iraq. To unsubscribe, visit http://lists.casi.org.uk/mailman/listinfo/casi-discuss To contact the list manager, email firstname.lastname@example.org All postings are archived on CASI's website: http://www.casi.org.uk