House Democrats called on President Obama to oppose the use of torture.
Their urging comes a month ahead of when the Obama administration will present to the United Nations Committee Against Torture in Geneva. Although President Obama pledged to end the use of torture as a senator and presidential candidate, a report in The New York Times this month said that the Obama administration may reaffirm the George W. Bush administration's position on a United Nations treaty ban that the use of torture doesn't apply to CIA and military prisons overseas.
The 34 Democrats, many of whom are among the most liberal in their party, said that Obama should adhere to his original position.
"This standard is consistent with your promise that you made to the American people both while you were a senator and a presidential candidate, and is equally consistent in keeping with your promises to the American people as a senator and a presidential candidate, and consistent with your actions early in your presidency to ban the use of torture and cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment during interrogations," they wrote in a letter to Obama.
They further urged the administration to make its position clear on the issue.
"We urge your administration to break with this harmful legacy, affirm the Convention Against Torture applies overseas, and renew America's leadership on the right of all people to freedom from torture," they wrote.