Tuesday, December 29, 2009

"Torture in Afghanistan: The Liberals knew" redux

Further to this post earlier this month,
Afghan detainees and the former Liberal government...
I've come across this one from April 2007:
A post by CTV's David Akin on his blog...
Funny that our major media have completely forgotten about that of late. Shameful.

Predate: More from Radio-Canada in April 2007 (via an acute observer):
Prisonniers afghans torturés
Une pratique déjà connue
Google translation:
The former Liberal government had been accused by Canadian diplomats in Kabul in 2003, 2004 and 2005 that torture was commonplace in Afghan prisons.

A report in 2004 the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and obtained by The News reveals that "the surveillance reports of the Independent Commission of Human Rights in Afghanistan indicate that torture remains a common practice for police officers, including the 'stage of the investigation. This measure is used to obtain confessions from detainees. "

In 2005, another report shows that military, police and intelligence services are involved in arbitrary arrests, kidnappings, extortion cases, cases of torture and killings of individuals suspected of having committed crimes. The paper also reported cases of rapes of women, girls and boys by the police commanders and their troops.

An agreement still

Despite warnings from Canadian diplomats, the Paul Martin government has nonetheless signed an agreement with the Afghan government in December 2005, to deliver to the Afghan authorities and non-Americans to all prisoners captured by Canadian soldiers.

In the wake of the controversy surrounding alleged mistreatment of detainees at the U.S. prison at Guantanamo, and torture of prisoners by U.S. soldiers at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq, that Canada had taken this decision.

The opposition Liberal Stéphane Dion in the House of Commons now accuses the Harper government to condone violations of the rights of prisoners in jails in Afghanistan.


Blogger David M said...

The Thunder Run has linked to this post in the blog post From the Front: 12/30/2009 News and Personal dispatches from the front and the home front.

11:07 a.m., December 30, 2009  
Blogger Dave in Pa. said...

Well now, that Liberal connection was officially sent down the Memory Hole by the Liberals and the MSM long ago. Very unsporting of you to bring it up!

2:15 p.m., December 30, 2009  
Blogger milnews.ca said...

No worries about the Memory Hole - thank heavens for Archive.org:

1:38 p.m., January 13, 2010  

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