We have just learned that later this week the House of Representatives is very likely to vote on an amendment to the FY 2011 National Defense Authorization Act that would require government agencies to provide the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) with access to all detainees. As you know, this will be an important step toward codifying a crucial piece of the President's executive order on interrogations. The ICRC plays a critical role in monitoring the treatment of detainees and thereby helps to prevent torture.
While we are optimistic, a positive vote on this amendment is not guaranteed. Please contact your Representative immediately to ask him or her to vote for the ICRC amendment. We have prepared a model email for your use which is available on our website at: http://org2.democracyinaction.org/o/5149/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=3164. Please feel free to personalize the email.
Thank you so much for your help!
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