Monday, May 03, 2010

Torture cases question UK democracy

Torture cases question UK democracy

A collection of torture cases linked to the British government has created a crisis of credibility for a nation claiming to be a "democracy."

The UK is today accused of involvement in a catalogue of serious human rights violations since the September 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center buildings in New York.

At the end of March, Amnesty International published a report saying there is "credible evidence" that Britain is implicated in torture, unlawful detentions, rendition, the concealment of victims' complaints and a failure to disclose evidence of torture.

The damning report followed allegations of UK intelligence agencies' complicity with their US counterparts in the harsh mistreatment of prisoners overseas.

In an interview with Press TV, Moazzam Begg, a former detainee at Guantanamo has confirmed the claims.

In a shocking report, Begg revealed that many of the Guantanamo prisoners, who were said by Washington to have committed suicide, were actually murdered...