Reisner’s writings have appeared in the Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, Psychoanalytic Dialogues, Studies in Gender and Psychoanalysis. In New York City, he is Senior Faculty and Supervisor at the International Trauma Studies Program and on the faculties of the Department of Psychiatry and the Psychoanalytic Institute at the New York University Medical School and the Program in Clinical Psychology at Columbia University.
When “talented people get together and are dedicated to good, to human rights, human welfare, to change—using our skills, our individual skills, for good—it may take 10 years … but … it is possible to make a significant change.
the interrogation policy of the Obama administration includes the Army Field Manual Appendix M. That appendix uses techniques or permits techniques that have been banned by the United Nations Committee Against Torture.
it’s time for you to change that Army Field Manual; it’s time for the United States to follow the American Psychological Association and ban any technique, any condition that is considered still to be torture, cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment.
“We want to lead the way….”
I’ve always admired those who did. This was my time to do it. And I knew that if a few of us did not keep it up, this policy would keep on.
[I] couldn’t live with that.
United Nations CONVENTION AGAINST TORTURE and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment
- Considering that, in accordance with the principles proclaimed in the Charter of the United Nations, recognition of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world,
- Recognizing that those rights derive from the inherent dignity of the human person,
- Considering the obligation of States under the Charter, in particular Article 55, to promote universal respect for, and observance of, human rights and fundamental freedoms,
- Having regard to article 5 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and article 7 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, both of which provide that no one may be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment,
- Having regard also to the Declaration on the Protection of All Persons from Being Subjected to Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, adopted by the General Assembly on 9 December 1975 (resolution 3452 (XXX)),
- Desiring to make more effective the struggle against torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment throughout the world, …
2. This article is without prejudice to any international instrument or national legislation which does or may contain provisions of wider application.
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