National Religious Coaltion Against Torture (NRCAT)
At Eleventh Month 11 2017 Interim Meeting, Baltimore Yearly Meeting decided to end its affiliation with the National Religious Campaign Against Torture (NRCAT).
The National Religious Campaign Against Torture (NRCAT) was launched during the conference "Theology, International Law and Torture: A Conference on Human Rights and Religious Commitment," which was held January 13-16, 2006 at Princeton Theological Seminary. Brought together by staff people of various national faith groups and those in the religious community who were already working on the issue, participants discussed the possibility of developing an ongoing national religious anti-torture campaign.
In 2009, the Board of Directors of NRCAT voted to continue its efforts to end U.S.-sponsored torture forever and to expand into two new areas of work: ending torture in U.S. prisons and advocating for U.S. policies and practices that help end torture by other governments. Baltimore Yearly Meeting and several of its constituent Monthly Meetings are Participating and Endorsing Members of NRCAT. As appropriate, Peace and Social Concerns Committee recommends one person to Nominating for a three-year, once renewable, appointment by the Yearly Meeting, to serve as a representative to the Participating Members Council of NRCAT.
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