The National Lawyers Guild and over 50 organizations and individuals have written to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and President Obama, emphasizing that the United States has domestic and international commitments to ensure that its weapons and its international aid funds are not used for grave international human rights or humanitarian law violations. The letter also highlights that the U.S. Foreign Assistance Act prohibits assistance to the government of any country that “engages in a consistent pattern of gross violations of internationally recognized human rights.”
The Guild cites newly-appointed Vice President Suleiman's association with the United States as a key partner in the CIA's “rendition” program and the torture of its victims and also condemns the violent February 3 raids on Hisham Mubarak Legal Aid Center.
We hope that this letter, with overwhelming support from other progressive organizations, will serve as a guide for the actions of the Obama Administration as the situation in Egypt progresses. The full text of the letter is available below.
Founded in 1937, the National Lawyers Guild is the oldest and largest public interest and human rights bar association in the United States. Its headquarters are in New York City and it has chapters in every state.