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The sad tale of tolerating torture that hangs over us today

Mon 29 October 2012, 10:05am

Tweet Ian Cobain a  senior reporter on the Guardian is on Radio 4’s Start the Week ( listen on  BBCiPlayer or RadioPlayer after 10 a.m. or the repeat at 2100 live tonight).  I strongly recommend a listen. The author of Cruel Britannia: a secret history of British torture, he gives a calm and convincing account […] more »

Mauritius must get to grips with torture if it wishes to restore confidence

Fri 20 July 2012, 9:59am

Tweet The failure to find and convict the killers of Michaela McAreavey has exposed glaring holes in the Mauritius criminal justice system and a worrying reliance on confessions allegedly extracted under torture.  The Mauritian jury’s ‘not guilty’ verdict seems to show that they believed Avinash Treebhoowoon’s allegation that a confession statement produced three days after Michaela […] more »

Haiti: ‘Baby Doc’ escapes justice for past abuses

Tue 31 January 2012, 12:53pm

Tweet Given the Slugger community’s interest in Haiti, I thought it worthwhile to note the regrettable decision by a Haitian court not to charge the country’s former dictator,  Jean-Claude ‘Baby Doc’ Duvalier, over allegations of torture and murder. Duvalier returned to Haiti this time last year after 25 years in exile in France. Since then, he […] more »

Happy travels! Guantánamo Bay: a decade of failure

Wed 11 January 2012, 10:42am

Tweet Ten years ago today, the first detainees were transferred to the US naval base at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. Since then 779 people have been held, yet only one has been given a trial in an ordinary US federal court. Yesterday I met with the impressive acting US Consul General, Kevin Roland, at the Consulate […] more »

Christopher Hitchens, 1949 – 2011

Fri 16 December 2011, 10:22am

Tweet Writer Christopher Hitchens has died aged 62. He was as contrary as he was brilliant. Here is a brief In Memoriam from Vanity Fair (his outlet of choice since 1992) and, here, a longer tribute from his friend Christopher Buckley Stanley in The New Yorker. Better, perhaps, though to post one of Hitchens’ own writings […] more »

So Dubya that’s all right then

Tue 9 November 2010, 8:39am

Tweet “Their interrogations helped break up plots to attack American diplomatic facilities abroad, Heathrow airport and Canary Wharf in London, and multiple targets in the United States,” George W Bush has told the Times in a media blitz  to publish his ghosted memoirs  “Decision Points“. What is the British reply? Nothing from the government yet – or from […] more »

Torture. It hasn’t gone away you know.

Mon 11 October 2010, 1:50pm

Tweet Charlie McManamin was a 16-year-old boy, when – according to his shocking testimony – he was interrogated and beaten until he confessed to terrorist offences. He’s just one of the people – including a former police officer – making detailed allegations of torture in a new film and report on the Guardian site today. […] more »

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