Canada’s torture trials – Who knew about transferring detainees and when?
What is it about Canada and torture?
Revelations this week by a high-ranking diplomat that Canadian troops handed prisoners over to Afghan authorities to be tortured has come as a shock to the Opposition benches.
Funny that, considering Liberal leader Micheal Ignatieff’s own tortured musings on torture. Perhaps it’s why Bob Rae led with questioning on the matter in the House.
All of a sudden it’s big news because someone said what human rights groups already knew.
We should be outraged by the revelations, but hardly surprised that Canadian Forces in Afghanistan have been complicit in the torture of mostly innocent civilians.
Amnesty International has been after the feds to clean up its torture act since at least 2005. Testimonials from Afghan prisoners that they were being mistreated were collected in 2008. Amnesty reported then that torture was “rampant and systemic.” The testimonials formed part of a lawsuit filed by Amnesty against the feds aimed at stopping the transfer of prisoners.
How soon we forget.
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