Transcript: AIUSA Advisor Naureen Shah’s remarks on PFC Bradley Manning’s 35-year sentence

PHOTO SOURCE: Jenny Jiang. Naureen Shah, Advocacy Advisor at Amnesty International, at a press conference after PFC Bradley Manning was sentenced to 35 years in confinement. The press conference was held on Aug. 21, 2013 at the Hotel at Arundel Preserve in Hanover, Maryland.

Transcript of remarks by Naureen Shah, Advocacy Advisor at Amnesty International, at a press conference after PFC Bradley Manning was sentenced to 35 years in confinement. The press conference was held on Aug. 21, 2013 at the Hotel at Arundel Preserve in Hanover, Maryland. 

Good afternoon. My name is Naureen Shah. I’m advocacy advisor with Amnesty International USA.

Amnesty International is calling for the United States to commute Private Manning’s sentence to time served and to allow for his immediate release.

Bradley Manning acted on the belief that he could spark meaningful public debate on the costs of war, including the U.S. military’s conduct in Iraq and in Afghanistan.

His prosecution and this sentence are another sign of the U.S. government’s misplaced priorities.

While torturers go free, while the United States has refused to investigate credible allegations of torture and other crimes under international law, they have chosen to prosecute Bradley Manning instead of focusing on these abuses committed during the war on terrorism.

Bradley Manning reasonably believed that he was revealing evidence of human rights violations. For the U.S. government to prosecute and sentence him to so many years after putting him in conditions that an U.N. expert has called “inhuman and degrading and humiliating treatment” is a sign of injustice.

And we will work with the Bradley Manning Support Network to pressure the U.S. government to commute his sentence.

Thank you very much.

 

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