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Position of the Reform Movement on Torture

In November, 2005, the Union for Reform Judaism’s General Assembly passed a Resolution on Torture that affirms the validity of international treaties to which the U.S. is a party and the legal definitions of torture present in international law, and demands that the U.S. enforce and uphold domestic laws and Supreme Court rulings that make torture illegal. The Reform Movement reiterated this position in its Resolution on the War in Iraq, also passed in November, 2005. The 2003 Resolution on Civil Liberties and National Security: Striking the Proper Balance also addresses issues related to the treatment of U.S. detainees, including our opposition to indefinite detention and the designation of U.S. citizens as "enemy combatants."

In 2005, the Central Conference of American Rabbis also adopted a resolution denouncing and opposing the use of torture and other forms of prisoner coercion.

In 2008, the Commission on Social Action of Reform Judaism passed a resolution that calls for Closing of the Detention Center at Guantanamo Bay which also reaffirmed our Movement's commitment to "Constitutional guarantees of fair procedures including the protection of habeas corpus."