17 April, 2013

Constitution Project Task Force Report on Detainee Treatment

The Washington based Constitution Project has published its Task Force Report on Detainee Treatment.  It is a lengthy pdf document (600 pages) but a 'quick read' is possible by looking at pages 1 (Statement) and 9 (Findings and Recommendations).

The following is by Jesselyn Radack - National Security & Human Rights Director for the Government Accountability Project, the USA's  leading whistleblower protection and advocacy organization.  It is reproduced from Government Accountability Blog 

The Constitution Project's Task Force on Detainee Treatment is an independent, non-partisan group that produced a report comprehensively 800px-White_House_Washington_DCdocumenting the United States' descent into torture. The Task Force released a 600-page report today.

Among the Report's many conclusions:

U.S. forces, in many instances, used interrogation techniques on detainees that constitute torture. American personnel conducted an even larger number of interrogations that involved “cruel, inhuman, or degrading” treatment. Both categories of actions violate U.S. laws and international treaties. Such conduct was directly counter to values of the Constitution and our nation.


16 April, 2013

Human rights reports ~ Alleged UK complicity in torture ~ Guantanamo Bay Hunger Strikes

Council of Europe Report:

The 6th Annual Report of the Council of Europe's Committee of Ministers has been published.  It deals with Supervision of the execution of judgments and decisions of the European Court of Human Rights. 

Foreign and Commonwealth Office Report:

The FCO has published the 2012 Human Rights and Democracy report.   Foreign Secretary William Hague commented:

'The promotion and protection of human rights is at the heart of the UK’s foreign policy objectives.  I, along with my ministerial team, consistently raise human rights violations wherever and whenever they occur.  And with this in mind, I am delighted to introduce the FCO’s 2012 Annual Human Rights and Democracy Report, which details our efforts to promote human rights during 2012.'