Cruel Britannia

Is this how low we have fallen?  Is this why David Miliband, Foreign Secretary, is so keen to keep secret the information which our judges wish to make public as part of the due process of law?  Is this what is being done in our name?  Is this how we preserve our so called freedom?

The Guardian reports:

‘Cruel, illegal, immoral’: Human Rights Watch condemns UK’s role in torture

The attorney general was under intense pressure tonight to order a wider series of police investigations into British complicity in torture after one of the world’s leading human rights organisations said there was clear evidence of the UK government’s involvement in the torture of its own citizens.

After an investigation spanning more than a year, Human Rights Watch (HRW) today condemned Britain’s role in the torture of terror suspects detained in Pakistan as cruel, counter-productive and in clear breach of international law.

Critically, a report published today by HRW – entitled Cruel Britannia: British Complicity in the Torture and Ill-treatment of Terror Suspects – draws upon corroborative evidence received from the Pakistani torturers themselves.

Read the full report in the Guardian


2 thoughts on “Cruel Britannia

  1. Our Nation is now condemned in the eyes of decent people the world over. New Labour have brought this shame about. Our non-adherence to the UN Convention on Torture is a national disgrace.

    The existing “investigations” ordered by Baroness Scotland seem to be getting nowhere fast. She ought to be brought before elected MPs and made to answer. Oh dear! She can’t be – almost forgot that she sits in the unelected House of Cronies. [What happened about that employee situation by the way?].

    David Davis MP asks for an “independent public inquiry”. The Inquiries Act 2005 killed off the concept of an “independent” inquiry. Incidentally, that abysmal Act was nodded through with Cameron’s agreement at the end of the last Parliament.

    So far there have been 6 Binyam Mohamed judgments as Miliband has resisted revealing information. Did nobody think of addressing the judges about State obligations under the UN Torture Convention? Surely, that Convention has to be entirely against Miliband’s position?

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