Human Rights Watch calls for inquiry into Britain’s role in torture | Law | The Guardian

MI5 director general Jonathan EvansThe coalition government should restore the UK’s reputation on human rights by setting up a judicial inquiry to examine the country’s role in torture and rendition, Human Rights Watch said today.The organisation hailed the Human Rights Act, which the Liberal Democrats support but the Tories have pledged to abolish. It said repeal “would signal that the UK was turning its back on human rights” and called for a review of counterterrorism laws and policies.Pointing out that the Lib Dems and several senior Tories have called for a judicial inquiry, HRW said the coalition could restore Britain’s reputation as a champion of human rights. It added: “Allegations of complicity by UK intelligence services in the kidnapping and torture of terrorism suspects, including UK nationals, have badly damaged the UK’s reputation as a nation that respects human rights.”

Human Rights Watch calls for inquiry into Britain’s role in torture | Law | The Guardian

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