The UN

Perfect. Another important piece of paper from the UN.

Treatment of detainees at Guantanamo Bay constitutes torture in some cases and violates international law, a leaked UN draft report says.

…..The report suggests some of the treatment of detainees at Guantanamo Bay meets the definition of torture under the UN Convention Against Torture.

This includes the force-feeding of hunger strikers through nasal tubes and the simultaneous use of several interrogation techniques such as prolonged solitary confinement and exposure to extreme temperatures, noise and light.

Here is the definition of torture under the convention:

For the purposes of this Convention, torture means any act by which severe pain or suffering, whether physical or mental, is intentionally inflicted on a person for such purposes as obtaining from him or a third person information or a confession, punishing him for an act he or a third person has committed or is suspected of having committed, or intimidating or coercing him or a third person, or for any reason based on discrimination of any kind, when such pain or suffering is inflicted by or at the instigation of or with the consent or acquiescence of a public official or other person acting in an official capacity. It does not include pain or suffering arising only from, inherent in or incidental to lawful sanctions.

So lets re-cap
one, we have a UN slapdown based only on what ex prisoners have told ‘UN investigators’. Yes, I’m using scarequotes around the term, the authors of this report never actually made it to Guantanamo. Reason? Because there weren’t going to be allowed to interview inmates. Nevermind that there are other people there that might have had some information.
two the slapdown from these sources is equating solitary confinement, exposure to light and temperature extremes as severe pain and suffering. I know I’m a wuss and would talk if you looked at me funny, but that doesn’t make a funny look “torture”. I suspect that the number of people watching 24, or even the actual news these days will file this report next to all the other very important UN reports.

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