Since last night the news has been dominated by the shocking details of the CIA’s programme of torture in secret prisons around the world.
The damning public summary of the report by the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence reveals how the CIA used waterboarding, ‘rectal feeding’, mock executions, sleep deprivation, stress positions and other cruel and degrading treatment against detainees.
But we still don’t know how deeply the UK was involved.
Demand the UK government properly investigates the truth
We know the CIA didn’t act alone.
Along with other US authorities, they engaged a number of partners around the globe, allegedly including the UK, to help facilitate and carry out rendition, secret detention and torture of those suspected of involvement in terrorism.
Today marks Human Rights Day and the 30th anniversary of the Convention against Torture. It’s time for the UK government to properly investigate our country’s role in this programme of torture.
Take action – demand an independent inquiry now
Many people were allegedly subjected to torture and rendition during the global counter-terrorism programme operated by the US government and its allies, including the UK, after the attacks on 9/11.
Despite David Cameron promising an independent judicial inquiry in 2010, the UK government has failed to follow through.
With these latest revelations from the US, the UK government must finally deliver a thorough, impartial, independent, judge-led inquiry which will get at the truth of our country’s involvement in the shocking programme of torture.
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