The Muslim Public Affairs Council Encourages Upholding Geneva Conventions

September 25, 2006

Source: Muslim Public Affairs Council

On September 25, 2006 the Muslim Public Affairs Council issued a position statement that reads, "The Muslim Public Affairs Council today called on all Muslim Americans and people of conscience to contact their Senators and urge them to vote against a 'compromise' bill setting out procedures for interrogating terror suspects. The bill, which will be put before a Senate vote this week, would allow the CIA to adopt 'alternative methods' which undermine international law, including the Geneva Convention banning cruel and inhumane treatment of detainees... Several key Republicans such as Colin Powell (former Secretary of State) and George Schultz (President Reagan’s Secretary of State) have opposed the President’s proposal. During the negotiations, President Bush asserted that the CIA must continue using highly controversial interrogation techniques on suspected terrorists. Several of these coercive methods used by the administration have been reported to cause extreme discomfort and are considered harsh methods of coercion."