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ALABAMA 3 TO JOIN REPRIEVE IN THEIR SILENT PROTEST

Music is being used throughout the world as part of psychological torture.
'zero dB' is an initiative whose ultimate aim is to see the end of this brutal practice.

Their website, zerodB.org, is home to an online petition that aims to gather a million names by the end of this year.  It also provides a platform for people to condemn music torture by staging a silent protest - a five-second film of them standing in silence.  Alabama 3 will be joining the many other musicians participating in the campaign by filming their own protest.

At the beginning of 2010 Reprieve plan to take the million-strong petition and use its authority to call on governments and the UN to uphold and enforce the Convention Against Torture.

The continuing use of this torture is not only a violation of the human rights of prisoners, but also of the rights of musicians who have had their music used.

Please help the campaign to end this barabaric practice.

See the video and sign the petition here:
www.zerodb.org

Background Information

'It was pitch black ... They hung me up. I was allowed a few hours of sleep on the second day, then hung up again, this time for two days. My legs had swollen. My wrists and hands had gone numb.... There was loud music, [Eminem’s] ‘Slim Shady’ and Dr. Dre for 20 days.... The CIA worked on people, including me, day and night.... Plenty lost their minds. I could hear people knocking their heads against the walls and the doors, screaming their heads off.'

Binyam Mohamed, Reprieve Client, of his experience in the 'Prison of Darkness' in Afghanistan.

The United Nations Committee Against Torture is very clear on the use of music, having explicitly qualified it as torture and called for its ban.  However, in campaigning against its use, two misconceptions become apparent:  that only a few people are affected and that it somehow constitutes a 'light' form of torture.

On the first issue, the Bush administration has admitted to holding more than 80,000 prisoners out of reach of the rule of law in the 'war on terror'.  20,000 prisoners still languish in US extra-territorial detention worldwide.  Many of these have been subjected to music torture.

The notion that music torture is a 'lesser' form of torture is also one that we strongly disagree with.  Binyam Mohamed, who has just been released from Guatanamo Bay, suffered 18 months of torture in a Moroccan secret prison.  Despite having his penis routinely slashed with a scalpel, he describes the sensation of feeling his sanity slip as even more horrific - Binyam was subjected to music torture 24 hours a day for 20 days.

Although we welcome Obama's decision to close down Guantanamo and CIA 'black sites', most of the US's prisoners are being held elsewhere: military prisons.  Additionally, the use of music as part of the psychological torture has yet to be ruled out.  While the present administration remains silent on these key issues, thousands will continue to suffer.

It is zero dB's's aim to stop music torture by encouraging widespread condemnation of the practice and by calling on governments and the UN to adhere to and enforce the Convention against Torture and other relevant treaties.  By standing up against it, your help will make this task easier.

Join the campaign here: www.zerodb.org