A PETITION CALLING ON THE PRESIDENT TO FOLLOW INTERNATIONAL LAW - Radioactivity05/27/04
In his first major televised address since U.S. human rights violations at Abu Ghraib were exposed, President Bush remained silent on the issues of humanitarian law and human rights. Ã¢â‚¬Å“The President let our nation down by failing to adequately respond to the evil done at Abu Ghraib. Tearing down the prison is not enough. The President must take action proportionate to the gravity of what occurred and the damage done to AmericaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s standing in the world,Ã¢â‚¬? declared Erik Gustafson, Executive Director of the Education for Peace in Iraq Center (EPIC). This week, EPIC and a national coalition of veterans and human rights organizations launch Honor the Legacy: a campaign to restore AmericaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s reputation as a champion of international law and human rights. It begins with the release of an online petition that calls on President Bush to rededicate the United States to: Ã¢â‚¬Å“Ã¢â‚¬Â¦the Geneva Conventions, the Charter of the United Nations, and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, a framework of law that protects the lives and dignity of civilians, prisoners of war, and wounded combatants - including the Iraqi people and our men and women serving today in Iraq.Ã¢â‚¬? The petition is open for signatures through July 4th and can be viewed at: www.epic-usa.org Our Guest was Erik Gustafson, Executive Director, Education for Peace in Iraq Center (EPIC) and a Gulf War veteran.