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UK Parliament: US non-torture assurances are unreliable

Posted by stoptorture on 20th July 2008

EXCERPT from a UK multi-party parliamentary report published July 20, 2008 (complete report here):

49. In 2005, President Bush said that “we do not torture.”

53. We conclude that the Foreign Secretary’s view that water-boarding is an instrument of torture is to be welcomed. However, given the recent practice of water-boarding by the US, there are serious implications arising from the Foreign Secretary’s stated position. We conclude that, given the clear differences in definition, the UK can no longer rely on US assurances that it does not use torture, and we recommend that the Government does not rely on such assurances in the future. We also recommend that the Government should immediately carry out an exhaustive analysis of current US interrogation techniques on the basis of such information as is publicly available or which can be supplied by the US. We further recommend that, once its analysis is completed, the Government should inform this Committee and Parliament as to its view on whether there are any other interrogation techniques that may be approved for use by the US Administration which it considers to constitute torture.

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Torture in Cook County, Illinois

Posted by stoptorture on 18th July 2008

Routine abuse by guards, horrendous conditions, and serious mismanagement at the Cook County Jail in Chicago, according to a federal report (link; p. 10-18 especially) released today.

Death threats, beatings, discrimination, intimidation, severe head trauma, amputations for lack of medical treatment, you name it. Torture in Barack Obama’s home state. What will be his response?

Excerpts from the scathing Jul. 2008 report: (see also, NYTimes report)

Excerpts from the Federal report on Cook County Jail

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Prosecutor for International Criminal Court Seeks Arrest of Sudanese President

Posted by stoptorture on 14th July 2008

Today, the Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) Luis Moreno-Ocampo filed for an arrest warrant for current Sudanese President Omar Hassan Ahmad al Bashir for genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes in Darfur.  Here is the official press release, and here is the summary of the charges.  The issuing of an arrest warrant for a sitting head of state on such charges would represent a major step forward against impunity for the world’s greatest crimes.

Excerpt from the ICC prosecutor’s press release:

Al BASHIR’s intent to commit genocide became clear with the well coordinated attacks on the 2.450.000 civilians who found a haven in the camps.  “AL BASHIR organized the destitution, insecurity and harassment of the survivors.  He did not need bullets. He used other weapons: rapes, hunger, and fear. As efficient, but silent.” Said the Prosecutor.   

Today, the evidence shows that AL BASHIR, instead of assisting the people of Darfur, has mobilised the entire state apparatus, including the armed forces, the intelligence services, the diplomatic and public information bureaucracies, and the justice system, to subject the 2.450.000 people living in IDP’s camps, most of them members of the target group, to conditions of life calculated to bring about their physical destruction. 

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