UK Government trying to join hands with torturers while keeping its own clean

February 14, 2013

Commenting on Foreign Secretary William Hague’s speech today on ‘justice and human rights partnerships,’ Reprieve Legal Director, Cori Crider said:

“We’ve been here before – from Afghanistan to Libya, the UK has handed over detainees or colluded in renditions, knowing that the result will be that people face torture. The Government has sought to spare its blushes by obtaining ‘assurances’, but these have not been worth the paper they were printed on. William Hague is trying to find a way to join hands with the torturer while keeping his own hands clean – it just won’t work.”