Legislation that NRCAT is pursuing this year:
- The “Golden Rule”:
Congress should create one national standard for interrogation by
requiring the President to affirm publicly that every interrogation
technique authorized for use by American interrogators is based upon
the “Golden Rule.”
- ICRC Access:
President Obama has ordered that the International Committee of the Red
Cross be allowed access to all detainees. Congress should codify this
- Videotaping Interrogations: Congress should require that all interrogations of detainees be videotaped.
- Repealing the MCA:
Congress should repeal the Military Commissions Act (MCA). The MCA
promotes the use of torture by allowing the use of evidence gained
through coercion and protects officials who authorized or ordered the
abuse of detainees.
- Ending Rendition for Torture:
Once the Special Task Force makes its proposal on rendition, Congress
should pass legislation ensuring that no person is transferred to
another country if the person would be at substantial risk of being
- The Torture Victims Relief Act:
Congress should pass H.R. 1511, the Torture Victims Relief Act (TVRA).
TVRA authorizes funding for domestic and international torture
treatment centers to help torture survivors rebuild productive and