Saturday, October 30, 2010

UN rights chiefs lead new assault on US

Washington under fire over ‘war on terror’, Iraq-Afghan conflicts, Wikileaks revelations.

Middle East Online, Oct 27, 2010

Investigate all allegations in the Wikileak documents

UNITED NATIONS – UN human rights chiefs and experts launched a new offensive on the US conduct of its “war on terror” and conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The leaking of 400,000 documents on the Iraq war and war crimes charges against a former Al-Qaeda child soldier at the Guantanamo prison camp has opened the door to new criticism despite President Barack Obama’s efforts to improve the US image.

UN human rights chief Navi Pillay on Tuesday urged Iraq and the United States to investigate allegations of torture and unlawful killings in the Iraq conflict revealed in documents released by Wikileaks.

A UN investigator on torture called for an investigation into all US practices since the September 11, 2001 attacks. Another UN expert called the US military hearing against a young Al-Qaeda operative at Guantanamo “a disgrace.”

A US official expressed surprise at the new criticism but, speaking on condition of anonymity, said “even the UN knows that the situation has changed since the president (Obama) came to office” in January 2009.

Pillay, based in Geneva, said the United States and Iraq should investigate all allegations in the Wikileak documents and “bring to justice those responsible for unlawful killings, summary executions, torture and other serious human rights abuses.”

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