Reprieve applauds David Davis MP for exposing British complicity in torture

July 8, 2009

Reprieve applauds David Davis MP for exposing British complicity in torture; calls for Government to come clean on all cases and create new safeguards

Reprieve welcomes David Davis’s revelations in Parliament regarding British complicity in the torture of Rangzieb Ahmed. It is now clear that the British Secret Services have inadequate safeguards against involvement in torture.

Reprieve calls on the British government to:

  • 1) Acknowledge the problem by revealing all cases of torture complicity and use of torture evidence. Anything less implies tacit acceptance and betrays the victims.
  • 2) Explicitly ban the British Secret Services use of information gleaned by torture.
  • 3) Create a clear policy on how British Security Services personnel must react when faced with evidence of torture by partner states such as Pakistan and the United States.

Reprieve Director Clare Algar said:

“Our government cannot keep hiding evidence and dodging allegations forever. It is now clear to the British people that we have seen a dangerous erosion of our values during the government’s so-called ‘War on Terror’. David Davis has made a crucial first step towards fixing this by exposing the problem; the question now is what is the Prime Minister going to do about it?”

Reprieve Director Clive Stafford Smith said:

“Sooner or later, British politicians must face the sad fact that British Secret Services colluded in the suffering of Rangzieb Ahmed, Binyam Mohamed and countless others. David Davis has revealed yet more evidence that the government had tried to suppress. Isn’t it better for our government to come clean voluntarily, rather than waiting to be caught out?”

-ENDS-

Notes for Editors:

Reprieve, a legal action charity, uses the law to enforce the human rights of prisoners, from death row to Guantánamo Bay. Reprieve investigates, litigates and educates, working on the frontline, to provide legal support to prisoners unable to pay for it themselves. Reprieve promotes the rule of law around the world, securing each person’s right to a fair trial and saving lives.  Clive Stafford Smith is the founder of Reprieve and has spent 25 years working on behalf of people facing the death penalty in the USA.

Reprieve’s current casework involves representing 33 prisoners in the US prison at Guantanamo Bay, working on behalf of prisoners facing the death penalty, and conducting ongoing investigations into the rendition and the secret detention of ‘ghost prisoners’ in the so-called ‘war on terror.’

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