The #ArrestObama #May22 campaign will be contacting persons of influence in and outside of Irish officialdom, to urge action on this issue within the houses of the Oireachtas and to urge consideration by the government. Please sign your name as a comment on our petition, which will then supplement any requests that are made to Irish officials, to show the support for the general principles of this campaign, found on this site.

This petition is open to everyone, because we believe that people from all over the world ought to be able to voice their support for the campaign to seek justice in the face of torture. Please specify your country of origin or citizenship. Please keep text in your comments to a bare minimum.

Petition for the #May22 Arrest of the President of the United States, Barack Obama, on his arrival on Irish soil

To: The Irish Government, and to the senators and deputies in the two houses of the Oireachtas

We the undersigned, wish to express our support for the following statements:

  • That, pursuant to a universal respect for human rights, and pursuant to the written law in the U.N Convention Against Torture and other international humanitarian treaties, torture, in any form, or its enablement, or the failure to prevent it or prosecute those responsible, is one of the worst crimes possible, and anathema to the values of our political order.
  • That the wrongness of torture is amplified, and not lessened, by power and influence, and that pragmatic interests must not intervene in the rightful prosecution of those responsible for torture, however inconvenient that may be politically.
  • That Barack Obama has now successfully assumed responsibility for the failure to prosecute torture, and that he is responsible, by omission, for the failure to prevent torture occurring under his own administration, and that this is illegal by international law.
  • That Ireland’s obligations under international and domestic law are clear, and that we must prosecute torturers whenever it is possible to do so.
  • That Barack Obama should be arrested when he sets foot on Irish soil, and made to face the consequences of his acts and of his failures to act.

The Undersigned.