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On Friday, October 19, the movie Rendition will be released in the US, Canada, and the UK. In the movie, Reese Witherspoon plays an American woman whose Egyptian-born husband is kidnapped by the CIA and rendered to a secret prison somewhere in the world. Jake Gyllenhaal portrays a CIA analyst who apparently faces a moral dilemma over the agency's interrogation techniques. The following is a statement by Amnesty International UK about the ugly truths that the movie depicts. Be sure to check out the links.
'See the film, then take action' call Ahead of the UK release of the new Hollywood film 'Rendition', Amnesty International has said that prisoners in the 'war on terror' are still missing and still being held in secret. Meanwhile, far from ending the practice of 'rendition', the US government -- which has authorised abduction and secret prisoner movement in hundreds of cases in the last six years -- continues to defend the policy, even though it breaches human rights. Amnesty International UK Director Kate Allen said: 'Jake Gyllenhaal and Reese Witherspoon's film is extremely timely as prisoners are still missing after being subject to 'rendition' -- basically another word for kidnapping and secret detention. 'Anyone who goes to see this powerful film and comes out of a cinema believing that kidnap and secret detention are wrong can do something about it -- they can support our new 'Unsubscribe' campaign to stop human rights abuses in the 'war on terror'.' Last week (9 October) Amnesty International launched the 'Unsubscribe' campaign, a new initiative to unite people in opposition to terrorism and opposition to human rights abuses committed in the 'war on terror'. The Amnesty campaign is encouraging people to defend human rights, and within days of its launch more than 16,000 people had visited www.unsubscribe-me.org and 'unsubscribed'. Further information: www.renditionmovie.com and www.unsubscribe-me.org

 

Mary Shaw is a Philadelphia-based writer and activist, with a focus on politics, human rights, and social justice. She is a former Philadelphia Area Coordinator for the Nobel-Prize-winning human rights group Amnesty International, and her views (more...)
 

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