UN Anti-Torture Watchdog Dismayed at US Failure to Provide Redress for Chicago Police Torture Survivors

By: Monday December 1, 2014 5:18 pm

The United States was criticized by the United Nations Committee Against Torture in its recently released report for failing to provide redress for Chicago Police Department torture survivors. The Committee expressed concern that CPD Commander Jon Burge and other officer had engaged in torture between 1972 and 1991, however, no officer had been convicted for [...]

UN Review Cites Torture & “Ill Treatment” in US Army Field Manual’s Appendix M

By: Friday November 28, 2014 7:28 pm

The UNCAT is to be praised for bringing to the fore some of the worst aspects of the current use of torture and abuse by the US government, and in particular for calling out the endemic abuse in the practices of forced-feeding and Appendix M techniques in the Army Field Manual. But the full story is still not out there.

UN Committee Against Torture Calls Out Chicago Police for Brutality, ‘Excessive Use of Force’

By: Friday November 28, 2014 4:14 pm

Media Alert: Chicagoans Hold Historic Protest Inside UN During Review of US Torture | #WCGtoUN http://t.co/wb5qUzB1Ld pic.twitter.com/ELRWEysDVy— We Charge Genocide (@ChiCopWatch) November 14, 2014 Earlier this month, a US delegation appeared before the committee as all countries that are signatories to the treaty banning torture are supposed to do every four years. Committee members were [...]

US Delegation Refuses to Explain to UN Committee Why Durham Review Ended in No Torture Prosecutions

By: Thursday November 13, 2014 5:17 pm

Members of the United Nations Committee Against Torture reviewing the United States’ compliance with the Convention Against Torture (CAT) asked multiples times for further explanation of why a preliminary review into allegations of torture ended in no prosecutions. The US delegation, however, chose to keep the review shrouded in layers of secrecy, perpetuating a perception [...]

UN Committee Against Torture Grills US Delegation Over Record Complying with Treaty Ban

By: Wednesday November 12, 2014 1:12 pm

A United States delegation came before the United Nations Committee Against Torture, as part of the committee’s periodic review of compliance with a treaty prohibiting torture. The delegation indicated publicly that, unlike under President George W. Bush, the government had decided the ban applies to the US Naval Station at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. But the [...]

US Government to Go Before UN Committee Against Torture & Defend Solitary Confinement

By: Tuesday November 11, 2014 12:46 pm

During a periodic review of the country’s obligations under the Convention Against Torture, the United States is expected to go before the United Nations Committee Against Torture in Geneva and defend the use of solitary confinement. On November 12 and 13, the committee will scrutinize President Barack Obama’s administration and its compliance with the treaty. [...]

On Day of Action Against Police Brutality, Grassroots Group Presents Report on Chicago Police Violence

By: Wednesday October 22, 2014 7:11 pm

A grassroots organization set up to bring attention to the “voices and experiences” of young people of color most targeted by police violence in Chicago issued a “shadow report,” which has been submitted to the United Nations Committee Against Torture. The group, We Charge Genocide (WCG), was formed in June after a young African-American man [...]

In Report to UN Committee Against Torture, US Government Touts Division That Doesn’t Really Prosecute Torturers

By: Wednesday October 15, 2014 6:01 pm

The United States government submitted its “periodic report” to the United Nations Committee Against Torture. There are multiple glaring aspects of the government’s report on how it believes it is complying fully with the Convention Against Torture (CAT), however, one part of the report where the government claims to have done what it was supposed [...]

White House’s Censorship of Senate Report on CIA Torture Continues US Indignity Toward Victims

By: Tuesday August 5, 2014 12:00 pm

United States senators involved in producing a more than 6,000-page report on the Central Intelligence Agency’s rendition, detention and interrogation program are upset with significant redactions the White House made to the report. One of the key issues is that the White House censored “pseudonyms” from the report used to protect covert CIA agents and [...]

Dissenting Torture Memo Bush Administration Tried to Destroy Released

By: Wednesday April 4, 2012 11:00 am

A State Department internal memo opposing the Justice Department’s arguments for CIA “enhanced interrogation techniques”—torture—has been released. The memo from February 2006 was written by Philip Zelikow, who at the time was a counselor to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. It was believed that all copies of the memo had been destroyed, but on April 3, [...]

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