A cheerful email from Amnesty International:
“‘As for our common defence, we reject as false the choice between our safety and our ideals.’
President Barack Obama, 20 January 2009.
“A refreshing statement from the new president, and it would seem, one that is backed up by action.
We’re only days into his presidency and the human rights victories are stacking up. First the announcement that military trials at Guantánamo will be suspended, then executive orders that will close the detention centre within a year and ban harsh interrogation techniques like waterboarding.
“These announcements represent hard-won victories for Amnesty activists and Human Rights campaigners everywhere. Everyone who has campaigned on these issues should be proud of what their tireless efforts have achieved.”
Of course there’s still more to be done.