UK Torture

Torture Is Torture - Regardless of Who Does It

James Snell | Posted 17.12.2014 | UK
James Snell

Some of these horrors make agonising reading - but it is incorrect to say that they defy description. In the cold, expressionless language of the Senate report, even blunt, mechanical phrases can contain the key to understanding a world of pain. 'Rectal feeding' is one. 'Stress position' is another. Through reams of inert prose, an appalling picture of abuse is built up and solidified.

The More Effective Torture Is, the More Important It Is That It Should Be Banned

Matthew Scott | Posted 17.12.2014 | UK
Matthew Scott

If torture worked, the need to criminalise it would be even more imperative than if it were ineffective because the temptation to use it would then be even greater. If torture did not work there would be no need to use it. It was largely because the CIA believed, or persuaded itself, that it did work that it became such a widespread practice.

The CIA Torture Scandal

Sajjad Karim MEP | Posted 16.12.2014 | UK Politics
Sajjad Karim MEP

The release of this report teaches us an important lesson; that it is easy for the rule of law and our own civility to be lost in a climate of fear, where pressing concerns are focused on finding ways to protect ourselves from dangerous and evil forces like Al Qaeda or ISIS. Behaviour that compromises such principles, however, will invariably fail to keep us safe.

Band Demand Royalties After US Used Music To Torture Prisoners

The Huffington Post UK | Ryan Barrell | Posted 15.12.2014 | UK

Industrial band Skinny Puppy has invoiced the US government for $666,000 after it was revealed their music was used to torture detainees in Guantanamo...

Does Desire for Revenge Explain CIA Practice of Severe Interrogation?

Dr Raj Persaud | Posted 15.12.2014 | UK
Dr Raj Persaud

If torture, or 'severe interrogation', is so ineffective in gaining useful intelligence - as is widely believed - why did the CIA persist with it over such an extended period?

Why Are We Letting MI5 and MI6 Off the Hook?

Madeleine Fry | Posted 15.12.2014 | UK Politics
Madeleine Fry

An in-depth and open inquiry about the intelligence community's actions during the 'war on terror' is well overdue. For once, actually following the Americans' recent example would be a good place to start.

What Did Britain Know? Bid To See Redacted CIA Torture Report

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Jessica Elgot | Posted 14.12.2014 | UK

The parliamentary panel investigating allegations of British involvement in torture is seeking access to secret parts of an damning US report into CIA...

CIA Torture: Does 'Never Again' Mean Again and Again?

Marc DuBois | Posted 12.12.2014 | UK
Marc DuBois

Is it possible to be indifferent to the U.S. Senate report on CIA interrogation? Critics of the report warn it will provoke anti-US attacks today. My concern is that it will engender the same sort of torture in the future.

UK Facing Fresh Questions Of 'Torture Report Coverup'

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Jack Sommers | Posted 12.12.2014 | UK

The Government is facing fresh questions over whether it sought to cover up "embarrassing information" about alleged British complicity in torture aft...

'Accounting' for CIA Torture and Kidnapping - Accountants Reveal the Secret Business Behind Brutality

Dr Raj Persaud | Posted 11.12.2014 | UK
Dr Raj Persaud

Michele Chwastiak from the University of New Mexico, United States has just published an analysis exposing the aviation companies complicit in the CIA's extraordinary rendition program.

The Torture Report Did Nothing Except Endanger Other Countries

Lukas Mikelionis | Posted 11.12.2014 | UK Politics
Lukas Mikelionis

I'm absolutely convinced that the report has no value whatsoever. It just confirmed already confirmed allegations from 2009 and put multiple European and Asian partners in danger by the militant fundamentalists and aggressive states in general.

Torture by Governments

Yousef Dar | Posted 11.12.2014 | UK
Yousef Dar

Here we have it, finally confirmation that there was a systemic structure to torture, detain, kidnap, take hostage, abduct, abuse and dehumanise any thought process. Who was allegedly doing this? Our protected and trusted allies...

CIA Torture Report: The Lid Lifted?

Neil Durkin | Posted 10.12.2014 | UK
Neil Durkin

Is the long-awaited report into CIA torture during the so-called "war on terror" an exercise on transparency or something rather less than that? Seems to me it's clearly the latter...

Egyptian Coup Leaders to Face Justice in the UK

Toby Cadman | Posted 01.12.2014 | UK Politics
Toby Cadman

The intent upon which the law of Universal Jurisdiction in the United Kingdom was developed was to ensure that those persons committing international crimes such as torture, war crimes and crimes against humanity, those crimes that have attained the status of jus cogens, in foreign jurisdictions couldn't escape justice, simply on the basis that that country did not have the appetite or ability to commence such proceedings.

Fame Costs: And This Is Where They Start Paying

Paul Marshall | Posted 11.11.2014 | UK Entertainment
Paul Marshall

Who could forget (although we're desperately trying our hardest to) Dean Gaffney, Helen Flanagan, Matthew Wright and Gillian McKeith.

Fighting Human Trafficking in Supply Chains: What You Can Do

Madina Jarbussynova | Posted 27.10.2014 | UK
Madina Jarbussynova

As more and more stories of human trafficking appear in newspapers and on television, consumers are increasingly asking what they can do to fight this problem. Many are frustrated, and feel disconnected from the people who make the clothes they wear or pick the fruit they eat, toiling in foreign countries and even on distant continents thousands of kilometres from the stores and markets where the products are sold...

Thai Police Deny Torture Of Burmese Migrants, Linked To Deaths Of Brits

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 11.10.2014 | UK

Police in Thailand have insisted they have "concrete" evidence linking two Burmese men to the murders of British tourists Hannah Witheridge and David ...

These Chinese-Made Torture Tools Are Being Traded At British Arms Fairs

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 23.09.2014 | UK

Cruel instruments of torture manufactured in China, including electric shock wands and neck-and-wrist cuffs have been advertised and sold at UK arms f...

Maryam al-Khawaja - A Princess of Democracy Imprisoned in Bahrain

Alastair Sloan | Posted 16.11.2014 | UK
Alastair Sloan

The news is worrying. Maryam faces charges of insulting the King, assaulting an official (authorities say there was a scuffle when they took Maryam's phone, from which she was tweeting her experience), and running an organisation which named officials who had tortured political prisoners. She could face a long sentence.

This Blog Is Not About Sport

Neil Durkin | Posted 09.11.2014 | UK Sport
Neil Durkin

No, it's about protest, torture and death. Sport is just the backdrop. Starting with ... the Brazil Olympics in 2016 (yes, you're probably already counting the days). Given the widespread protests against the Brazil World Cup this summer, I can only suppose that there'll be further demonstrations against the Rio de Janeiro Olympics when they roll into view the year after next.

The Police Are Right to Say Watching James Foley Video an Offence, as Should Be Watching All Films Showing Torture and Death

Iain Overton | Posted 21.10.2014 | UK
Iain Overton

Not only should James Foley's recorded death be expunged, as much as possible, from social media but other deaths should be too. Masked killers from the Islamic State have uploaded hundreds of videos of their horrific murders. These videos of less well-known victims should also be censored and deleted.

Law, War and Human Rights

Toby Cadman | Posted 21.09.2014 | UK Politics
Toby Cadman

On 11 September 2001 and then on 7 July 2005 our outlook changed. We were struck with a level of fear and vulnerability that allowed principles that we once held dear to suddenly evaporate. In some circles torture suddenly became justified under exceptional circumstances. The war on terror emerged and the rule of law fell away.

Is North Korea Really Out of Reach?

Hugo Swire | Posted 15.09.2014 | UK Politics
Hugo Swire

For too long the North Korean people have suffered terribly. There are no easy answers, but we are determined that we should not simply see this as "too difficult" and put it to the bottom of what is a very busy foreign affairs in-tray. We must remain resolute in tackling the DPRK's efforts at nuclear development.

Mehdi's Morning Memo: To Strike Or Not To Strike?

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 10.07.2014 | UK Politics

The five things you need to know on Thursday 10 July 2014... 1) TO STRIKE OR NOT TO STRIKE? Isn't it odd that the Tories say they support the ri...

MI5 'Complicit In Torture' Of Briton

PA | Posted 09.07.2014 | UK

UK security services were complicit in the torture of a British man who was forced to sign a confession in a language he does not speak, it has been c...