Congress Resolution on Extraordinary Rendition and Guantanamo Bay

27 July 2007

Noting that the United States of America (USA) is a signatory to the United Nations Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment; and 

Noting that extraordinary rendition is the practice by which the USA has abducted persons for the purpose of interrogation and torture, and transported them to countries not signatories to the above UN Convention; 

And that in these countries, the abducted persons have been interrogated and frequently if not always tortured; 

Recognising that because of its obligations as a signatory to the Convention against Torture, the USA is unable to use torture within mainland US; 

And that claiming pressing concerns under the cover of its so-called “war on terror”, the USA has thus resorted to “outsourcing” its torture; and 

Further noting that the Central Intelligence Agency runs a system of secret prisons with thousands of kidnapped persons taken from countries such as Iraq, Afghanistan, Bosnia, Germany, Italy, Sudan, Somalia, Pakistan, Indonesia and Malaysia to intermediary countries such as Afghanistan, Jordan, Uzbekistan, Thailand, Syria, Egypt and Morocco in order to be “tortured by proxy”, which in effect creates one interconnected gulag in which prisoners are swapped both between countries but also between the CIA and the US military; 

Believing that its use of extraordinary rendition not only puts the USA in breach of its obligations under the Convention against Torture, but also places the US outside the rule of law, and has worsened the threat from Al-Qaeda; and finally 

Understanding that this practice has been undertaken with the complicity of some governments also signatory to the Convention; 

The 29th Triennial Congress of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, meeting July 21-27, 2007 in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, strongly condemns the practice of extraordinary rendition by the United States of America and other complicit governments, and calls for an end to this practice and the closure of all the secret prisons as well as the closure of the US prison in Guantanamo Bay.