UN urges prosecution of senior Washington officials who ordered torture of prisoners.c-Asia, Heinous Crimes Tuesday, December 14th, 2010
The UN special rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhumane or degrading treatment or punishment, Juan Ernesto Mendez, urged Washington to prosecute offenders as well as senior officials who ordered the abuse of prisoners in Iraq, Afghanistan and Guantanamo Bay in Cuba.
“The United States has a duty to investigate every act of torture. Unfortunately, we haven’t seen much in the way of accountability,” Mendez told Reuters.
The Argentinean diplomat also said he plans to visit Iraq to investigate what he called a “very widespread practice of torture” of detainees by US-led forces, following the 2003 occupation of the war-torn country.
The new UN expert who, himself, is a victim of prison torture during Argentina’s dictatorship in the 1970s, also plans to visit Guantanamo prison.
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