Britain will release parts of secret report on rendition flights

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The British announcement came after a demand from the UNinvestigator that the US and Britain reveal their finding onrendition, according to Reuters.The counter terrorism investigator at the UNHCR, Ben Emerson,said that they must hold all states to account, “including themost powerful”.“The exposure of the criminal matrix organized by theBush-era CIA, from the heart of the world’s most powerfuldemocracy, now calls for an unequivocal response from all of thestates that took part in the program,” said Emerson.The ‘war on terror’ waged after the al Qaeda attacks on theUnited States on September 11th 2001, allegedly led to systematicviolations of human rights where Islamic militant suspects weretransferred on clandestine flights to secret prisons where theywere tortured.President W. Bush even admitted in his memoirs that he hadordered the use of ‘waterboarding’, a simulation of drowning, whichis considered a form of torture and banned by internationallaw.Karen Price, the British ambassador to the UN told the UNHCR,that the UK would publish at least some of the conclusions of aninquiry by Judge Peter Gibson, whose 2012 report examined whetherBritish agents had been involved in rendition but has not to datebeen published.Pearce said the results of the inquiry would not be made publicuntil police investigations related to the incident wereconcluded.A similar American report by a Senate select committee onintelligence chaired by Dianne Feinstein, a Democratic Senator,which investigated the secret rendition program including the useof waterboarding, was concluded in December 2011, but has neverpublished its findings.Jamil Dakwar, from the American Civil Liberties Union has saidthe report must be released.While the Obama administration has disavowed torture, it hasshielded former bush administration officials from accountabilityand despite initial promises Guantanamo remains open.Numerous reports in the UK media and a book published last yearby Ian Cobain, an award winning investigative journalist, revealedthat the British security services new exactly what was going onduring the secret rendition flights, many of which used Britishairports on their way to the US.

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