No “impunity” for CIA torture
UN recalls that the Convention
Against Torture does not allow for any "exceptional
circumstances" in which detainees can be mistreated,
following US Senate report on CIA torture
in the Bush era
The US Senate report on CIA torture
has provoked worldwide condemnation.
UNITED NATIONS – The release of the US Senate report
on CIA torture during the Bush administration has
provoked worldwide condemnation, with US embassies
having taken preventive security measures faced with
the possibility of revenge attacks against US
citizens and interests.
According to El País, UN High Commissioner
for Human Rights, Zeid Ra'ad Al-Hussein, stated that
there should be no "impunity" for those who carried
out the torture revealed by the report.
Al-Hussein noted that the Convention Against Torture
does not allow for "exceptional circumstances" in
which detainees can be mistreated. “The convention
lets no one off the hook - neither the torturers
themselves, nor the policy-makers, nor the public
officials who define the policy or give the orders,”