Talk of change is good. Concrete action is better. Amnesty International is calling on President-elect Barack Obama to take concrete steps in his first 100 days in office to put human rights at the center of the new government.
The new president will have the opportunity to rectify some of the unlawful policies and practices carried out in the name of national security. We are calling on the new administration to:
* announce a plan and date to close Guantanamo
* issue an executive order to ban torture
* ensure that an independent commission to investigate abuses committed by the U.S. government in its "war on terror" is set up.
Taking these steps would send a clear message to the rest of the world that, once again, the U.S. will be a leader for human rights.