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Take Action for Torture Awareness Month, 2012

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PHR is joining a national coalition of human rights groups in a National Week of Action Against Torture, Guantánamo, and Indefinite Detention during Torture Awareness Month, June 2012.

Tuesday, June 26: Doctors of the Dark Side

On Tuesday, June 26, PHR and Guantánamo Habeas Counsel will host a screening of the feature-length documentary, Doctors of the Dark Side, produced and directed by Martha Davis, with a discussion panel afterward. The event is co-hosted by the National Religious Campaign Against Torture (NRCAT).

This film examines the critical role of physicians and psychologists in detainee torture, and exposes the scandal behind the torture scandal—how psychologists and physicians implemented and covered up the torture of detainees in the US-controlled military prisons. The stories of four detainees and the doctors involved in their abuse show how essential doctors have been to the torture program.

“An extraordinarily valuable film” ~ Robert Jay Lifton

Producer/Director Martha Davis (Interrogation Psychologists) spent four years investigating the controversy and produced the documentary with an award-winning team that includes Oscar winners Mark Jonathan Harris (Writer) and Mercedes Ruehl (Narrator), and Emmy-winner Lisa Rinzler (Director of Photography).

Join us for this important documentary:

  • Landmark’s E Street Cinema: 555 11th St NW, Washington, DC 20004 (entrance on E Street between 10th and 11th Street) – Map
  • 6:00pm-8:00pm


  • Luisa Saffiotti, President, Psychologists for Social Responsibility
  • Rob Kirsch, Habeas counsel, WilmerHale
  • Kristine Huskey, Director, Anti-Torture Program, Physicians for Human Rights

>> Download the flyer for the screening [pdf].

Other Events

Sunday, June 24: DC March Against Torture, Guantanamo & Indefinite Detention

Washington, DC: Coalition demonstration and march to the White House (sponsored by NRCAT).


  • 1:00pm, Gather at the Capitol Reflecting Pool; March to the White House.
  • 2:00pm, Keynote Speaker at the White House: Stephen Xenakis, MD (retired Brigadier General, US Army).

>> Sign up to join the march—NRCAT will send exact event details closer to June 24.
>> Download the flyer for the march [pdf].
>> Use this sample message to invite your friends and colleagues to join the march.

If your organization would like to be a co-sponsor, please contact John Humphries.

Tuesday, June 26: Day of Vigils to mark UN International Day in Support of Torture Victims

Washington, DC: Vigil for Victims of Torture at US Navy War Memorial, Pennsylvania and 8th, from 4:30-5:30pm.

>> Download the flyer for the vigil [jpg].
>> See the complete list of communities planning a vigil in the US and internationally.
>> Register your community's vigil [pdf].

Wednesday, June 27: Physicians for Human Rights “Psychological Torture in Detention” Briefing on Capitol Hill

Washington, DC: This briefing will focus on psychological torture, particularly as it manifests in detention through the use of prolonged indefinite detention and solitary confinement.

Join us for this important briefing:

  • Cannon House Office Building room 304
  • 2:00pm-3:30pm


>> Download the briefing announcement [pdf].

Thursday, June 28:

“United Nations Voluntary Fund for Victims of Torture” Briefing on Capitol Hill

Washington, DC: The Tom Lentos Human Rights Commission and the Center for Victims of Torture are sponsoring a briefing on the United Nations Voluntary Fund for Victims of Torture’s international work, particularly in areas of the world which are of interest to the United States, but where US dollars would be too dangerous or impossible for torture survivor rehabilitation centers to receive directly.

  • Rayburn House Office Building room 2237
  • 2:00pm-3:30pm

Reception and Award Ceremony in Honor of the UN Voluntary Fund for Victims of Torture

Washington, DC: Reception and award ceremony in honor of June 26 – United Nations International Day in Support of Victims of Torture. The Center for Victims of Torture will honor the UN Voluntary Fund for Victims of Torture with CVT’s Eclipse Award.

  • Hart Senate Office Building room 902
  • 5:30pm-7:30pm

This video lists upcoming events and how to participate.