Medieval torture systems, including a stretching rack, uncovered in Afghan jails –Nato stops sending prisoners to Afghan jails over torture fears 06 Sep 2011 Nato has suspended the transfer of detainees to some Afghan jails after fears they were being subjected to systematic torture, British defence officials have said. The directive, issued this week, comes ahead of the imminent release of a UN report into detainees prisoners that is expected to be highly critical of the Afghan police… The report is understood to outline how prisoners are routinely beaten, given electric shocks and subjected to other human rights violations, some within private jails run by police commanders. Separate research by human rights observers has uncovered medieval-like torture systems, including a stretching rack. [Yes, this must be the ‘change we can believe in’ – rack-stretching instead of waterboarding!]
Britain, European govts helped US commit ‘countless’ crimes, colluding with torture 06 Sep 2011 Britain and other European governments have helped the US commit “countless” crimes by colluding with torture and illegal rendition operations in America’s war on [of] terror, Europe’s human rights watchdog has said. Thomas Hammarberg, the Council of Europe’s rights commissioner, accused governments of being “deeply complicit” in illegal activities carried out by the US over the last 10 years, since the September 11 2001 terrorist attacks on New York and Washington. “In attempting to combat crimes attributed to terrorists, countless further crimes have been committed in the course of the US-led ‘global war on terror’,” he said. “Many of those crimes have been carefully and deliberately covered up.”
Council of Europe demands truth on CIA ‘black sites’ 05 Sep 2011 The human rights commissioner for the Council of Europe urged countries that have hosted secret CIA prisons to come clean Monday, as the 10th anniversary of 9/11 approaches. Thomas Hammarberg said Poland, Romania and Lithuania were among at least seven countries that hosted “black sites” for “enhanced interrogation” during the “war on terror.” “Darkness still enshrouds those who authorized and ran the black sites on European territories,” he said.