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21 September 2009

Barrett leads call for torture inquiry

John Barrett, Liberal Democrat MP for Edinburgh West, today called for an immediate inquiry over whether the UK Government has played any part in the torture of detainees abroad.

Speaking at Liberal Democrat Conference Mr Barrett criticised the Government for repeatedly blocking calls for an inquiry into torture allegations despite mounting evidence that there is a case to answer.

Mr Barrett said:

“Hardly a week goes by without another allegation of complicity in torture. We need an inquiry to get to the bottom of allegations that we have played our part in supporting the use of torture in interrogations.

“Torture does not deliver the truth – it delivers nothing of value. It delivers anything that the victim thinks might stop the pain.

“In the struggle for a world based on human rights, the rule of law and on self determination that it is vital that we hold ourselves to the highest moral code.

“In the long term, the struggle against global terrorism and militant  extremists will not be won in Kabul or in the mountains of Pakistan. This will be a battle of ideas and ideologies. If we are to emerge on the right side of the argument then we must be prepared to live by the values abroad that we seek to defend at home.”

 

The full speech

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