Friday, December 02, 2005

Psychologsists involved in torture of detainees at Guantánamo Bay and Abu Ghraib?

The Ignacio Martín-Baró Fund for Mental Health and Human Rights has set up a petition calling on the American Psychological Association "to state its opposition to and condemnation of methods of coercive interrogation such as sleep deprivation and harassment focused on detainees' religious, ethnic, sexual orientation, or gender identities, and to establish a task force charged with educating policy makers about the psychological damage done to individuals by use of these and other methods that fall in the category of cruel, degrading, and inhumane treatment". This is in response to " persistent allegations that some of our colleagues in psychology and other areas of mental health may have been involved in cases of torture and/or cruel, degrading, and inhumane treatment of detainees".


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