Friday, May 05, 2006

U.S. denies terror suspect torture

This article from the BBC, is quite interesting in the fact that it addresses the allegations against the United States about their tactics in dealing with terror suspects post 9-11. The U.S. Secretary of State for Human Rights claims that the U.S. has laws against torture while testifying in front of the Committee Against Torture in Geneva. However, various human rights groups accuse the U.S. of flouting the Convention Against Torture by allowing torture and inhumane treatment to terror suspects to occur in various detention centers around the world. While the U.S. continue to openly reject their use of torture, they also claim that mistakes have been made and actions have been made to correct those mistakes. However, is this merely just a series of corrections or an acknowledgement of the damage done to America's standing in the world?

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Torture in the U.S.

Throughout the class Human Rights/Human Wrongs, we had to fight to keep various people in the US so they would not face persecution and torture in their home countries. I find it quite ironic that we've been fighting for them to stay in a country that Amnesty International has said "is not only failing to take steps to eradicate torture, [but] is actually creating a climate in which torture and other ill-treatment can flourish." An article from CNN.com (see link on title) discusses an Amnesty International Report about the widespread torture and inhumane treatment in US-run detention centers. When searching for country conditions for our asylum/withholding/CAT cases, one expects to find articles outlining the horrible conditions on the countries in question, but who would have thought the US would be in that category. How ironic.