Friday, August 12, 2011

Why Reprieve is quitting the torture inquiry

Reprieve and other charities have found that the investigation set up by the government has serious shortcomings

Clare Algar, The Guardian, Aug. 4, 2011

David Cameron announces torture inquiry
David Cameron in July 2010 giving the House of Commons details of an inquiry into claims that British security services were complicit in the torture of terror suspects Photograph: PA
Reprieve announced today that we would not be taking part in the government’s inquiry into collusion in torture and rendition by British security services.

Along with a coalition of 10 leading human rights organisations, including Amnesty, Liberty and Human Rights Watch, we’ve decided that the way the detainee inquiry is set up means that it will simply not be able to get to the bottom of the allegations that our country has been involved in some of the horrific abuses that have been taking place in the name of the “war on terror”.

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