Do Not Select Chicago, USA as the Host City for the 2016 Olympic Games sign now


On May 19, 2006, the United Nations Committee Against Torture concluded that the United States Government and the City of Chicago were in violation of the Convention Against Torture and Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment because of the wide-spread torture of African-American men by Chicago Police officers.

In May 1972, Jon Burge was promoted to Chicago Police Detective and was assigned to the Area 2 Detective Division on the Southside of Chicago. In August of 1972 the first allegations of torture and abuse were made by African American arrestees against Jon Burge and other Chicago detectives. From 1972 to 1992 former Police Commander John Burge orchestrated and authorized the systematic torture of more than two hundred African American men and women.

Under Burges supervision Chicago Police Officers used various torture techniques in order to extract confessions. These techniques included but are not limited to: electric shock to mens genitals, ears, and lips with cattle prods and electric shock boxes known as the nigger box, anally raping men with cattle prods, suffocating individuals with plastic bags, mock executions, Russian roulette, subjecting victims to racial epithets, and beatings with telephone books and rubber hoses.

Meanwhile, at least 22 Black men continue to languish behind bars based on confessions beaten and tortured out of them. Many more have served long sentences and continue to suffer the lasting effects of the torture, including post-traumatic stress disorder.

The United States is guilty of many, many other human rights violations:
-There are more than 100 political prisoners currently behind bars in the United States. Some were members of militant organizations that emerged in the 1960s and 1970s, like the Black Panther Party, American Indian Movement, Black Liberation Army or the Puerto Rican independence movement.

-After the Hurricane Katrina, governmental barriers, along with policies that criminalize African Americans, negatively impacted African Americans' right to return to New Orleans and, thus, violated the UN Guiding Principles on Internal Displacement.

-School systems through-out the United States have become significant entry points for African American youth into the juvenile justice system through disciplinary policies that mandate school suspension, expulsion, and arrest for an increasing array of minor student behaviors and rule infractions. African American youth make up 17\% of the student population but 34\% of students subjected to out-of-school suspensions and 30\% of students subjected to expulsions.

-Since the inception of the "war on drugs" in 1980, there have been more than 31 million arrests for drug offenses in the United States. In 20 of the nation's largest cities, drug arrests for African Americans rose to three times the rate for whites from 1980 to 2003, 225\% compared to 70\%. This disparity is not explained by corresponding changes in rates of drug use. In 11 cities, Black drug arrests rose by more than 500\% from 1980 to 2003.

WHEREAS the City of Chicago and the United States, by failing to recognize and prosecute the individuals who committed these grave acts of torture, has encouraged and perpetuated these human rights violations against its citizens;

WHEREAS on May 19, 2006 The United Nations-Committee Against Torture ruled that the U.S. Government and the City of Chicago are in violation of the Convention Against Torture and Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading treatment.


WHEREAS the selection the City of Chicago as the host city for the 2016 Olympics will implicitly and explicitly condone the actions of the City of Chicago/USA in failing to prosecute individuals responsible for the human rights violations, as well as failing to vindicate the victims of horrendous human rights violations;

WHEREAS the United States has not complied with the International Human Rights Treaties banning torture, and The International Convention on the Elimination of All forms of Racial Discrimination;

WHERETOFORE, we solemnly declare to the International Olympic Committee, the world, and all those who recognize the universal obligation to respect the human rights of all people as follows:

1. We condemn and protest the human rights violations that have occurred in the City of Chicago for over two decades and the United States, which have targeted a historically oppressed group of people;

2. We support all efforts by local and national organizations which bring awareness to the inhumane and dehumanizing treatment of African American men in the City of Chicago, as well as all those who acknowledge that police torture is a violation of ones human rights as a citizen of the world;

3. We appeal to the International Olympic Committee to support our effort to bring awareness to the horrendous crimes against humanity that have occurred, and still continue to occur in the City of Chicago; at least 24 people continue to languish behind bars based on confessions beaten and tortured out of them. Many more have served long sentences and continue to suffer the lasting effects of the torture, including post-traumatic stress disorder.

4. We urge the International Olympic Committee to recognize that torture, cruel and degrading treatment by law enforcement during interrogation processes continues to take place throughout the United States, and those who commit these crimes continue to evade prosecution; moreover, Black people, including Black youth, suffer disproportionate arrests and convictions in US courts. The United States does not represent a nation of peace which respects the universal and moral principal of human rights, which is the core component of the Olympic Games as espoused by the International Olympic Committee;

5. We appeal to the International Olympics Committee to recognize the existence of American political prisoners, most of which are people of color, in violation of The United Nations Committee to Eliminate Racial Discrimination.

6. Finally, we urge the International Olympic Committee to NOT select the City of Chicago as the host of the 2016 Olympics, and as a representative to the world as a model of peace, unity, and respect; the City of Chicago, and the United States long history of human rights violations make it an unworthy candidate for such an honor.

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Jacques Rogges, President of The International Olympic Committee

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