Monday, January 21, 2008

Hey, I've got an idea....

Canada put the United States on a "torture watch" list of nations that practise torture:

It notes specific "U.S. interrogation techniquies," which include "forced nudity, isolation, and sleep deprivation." The U.S. has repeatedly denied allegations by international groups that it tortures prisoners captured in places like Afghanistan and Iraq. However, U.S. officials have refused to comment on the Canadian list.

But international observers say they are heartened by the specificity of the Canadian list. Alex Neve of Amnesty International says he is surprised that Canada would risk offending allies by naming countries that potentially torture prisoners.

"These are countries where, sadly, the record is clear -- torture and ill treatment happens," said Neve.

Of course, the Effin' Yoo Ess of Aye wasn't going to stand for that, and leaned on Canada for their impertinence:
The Canadian foreign minister has apologised for including the US and Israel on a list of states where prisoners are at risk of torture.

Maxime Bernier said the list, which formed part of a manual on torture awareness given to diplomats, "wrongly includes some of our closest allies".

Mr Bernier insisted the manual was not a policy document and did not convey the official views of his government.

The listing was criticised by the US and Israel, who demanded it be changed.

"We find it to be offensive for us to be on the same list with countries like Iran and China. Quite frankly it's absurd," said the US ambassador to Canada, David Wilkins.

I've got an idea: If the U.S. doesn't want to be put on a list of countries that torture people, how about if they just stop torturing people?!?!?

(h/t to ThinkProgress amongst others)


Post a Comment

Links to this post:

Create a Link

<< Home