Tuesday, 24 November 2009

Cruel Britannia

Human Rights Watch have just published: 'Cruel Britannia: British Complicity in the Torture and Ill-Treatment of Terror Suspects in Pakistan' (http://www.hrw.org/en/reports/2009/11/24/cruel-britannia-0). As the title suggests, the report does not find that British officials directly participated in the torture of suspects; according to the report, however, 'UK complicity is clear' because, firstly, it is inconceiveable that the British government did not know about the systematic use of torture in Pakistan; secondly, British officials engaged in acts that required that they knew about the use of torture in specific cases (interrogations conducted by British officials with individuals on whom the evidence of torture was visible); thirdly, the UK supplied questions in cases in which detainees were tortured. The report draws on the Guardian's investigative reporting (http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/nov/24/british-torture-human-rights-pakistan) as well as its own research. The report not only documents UK complicity but also points out that this complicity has prevented prosecution of suspects in UK courts. Among other things, the report recommends that an independent public inquiry be opened to investigate British complicity.
Thanks to Michelle Farrell.

1 comment:

SOUTH ASIA BLOGGER said...

There is currently a bill going through the UK Parliament, the Constitutional Reform Bill, that seeks to repeal the Human Rights Act 1998 and the Eauropean Communities Act 1972.

Sheriyar Patel