SRRT Resolutions
International Responsibilities Task Force
of the American Library Association's
Social Responsibilities Round Table

Resolution Against Secret Tribunals

The following resolution was endorsed by the elected representatives of the Social Responsibilities Round Table (SRRT) on January 19, 2002. SRRT is a body within the American Library Association but does not and should not be taken to speak for the Association as a whole. In this resolution SRRT speaks only on its own behalf.
Submitted to ALA Council by Mark Rosenzweig, ALA Councilor at Large
Seconded by Al Kagan, SRRT Councilor
Defeated in ALA Council. January 2002


Whereas ALA strongly defends the public's "right to know,"

And whereas the use of secret tribunals is being declared a valid and necessary tool of the US Government in order to fight terrorism,

And whereas secret tribunals raise the gravest concerns regarding the Bill of Rights, the Geneva Conventions, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and other national and international covenants,

Therefore be it resolved that ALA opposes the institution of secret tribunals,

And resolved that ALA supports the right of a free press in reporting all trials and legal proceedings,

And resolved that this resolution be distributed to all members of Congress, the President and the Attorney General, and the library press.


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