This disgusts me. Canada should never be involved with torture.
Latest Afghan abuse claims spark cries for O’Connor to resign
Last Updated: Monday, April 23, 2007 | 8:54 PM ET
The opposition made calls for the defence minister’s resignation Monday, after the publication of a damning report about the torture Afghan detainees face when Canadian soldiers transfer them to Afghan security forces.
[b]The Globe and Mail published interviews Monday with 30 men who say they were beaten, starved, frozen and choked after they were handed over to Afghanistan’s National Directorate of Security, a notorious intelligence police force.
Some of the men said they were whipped with bundles of electrical cables until they fell unconscious. Others said they were stripped naked and left outside all night, when temperatures in Kandahar dipped below freezing[/b].
One man said he was hung by his ankles and beaten for eight days, while another said he was choked while a plastic bag was held over his head.
In the House of Commons Monday afternoon, the NDP, Bloc Québécois and Liberal parties attacked the Conservative government about the allegations and called for Defence Minister Gordon O’Connor to step down.
“The torture in Afghanistan is awful,” NDP Jack Layton said. …
Law professor Michael Byers, who specializes in international law and human rights, questioned whether O’Connor, as well as chief of defence staff Gen. Rick Hillier, can remain in their positions.
Byers, who teaches at the University of British Columbia, said the Globe’s allegations are extremely serious. The report would suggest the Canadian military is aiding in the act of torture, by handing detainees over to torturers, he said.
“If this report is accurate, Canadians have engaged in war crimes,” he said at a press conference in Ottawa.
He said Hillier signed an agreement in December 2005 that allowed for the transfers, but didn’t include a clause giving the Canadian military the right to inspect detainees after transfers have taken place.
He said European countries that have transfer agreements have included this clause, which is crucial.
“If we hand detainees over to known torturers … and we tell them, ‘nudge, nudge, wink, wink, we will not be back to inspect them,’ that gives them a lot of latitude,” Attaran said.
Other allegations of torture
Attaran brought other allegations of abuse to light in February.
Through the Access to Information Act, he said he received documents from the Department of National Defence that show three Afghan prisoners were abused while in the custody of Canadian soldiers.
Those allegations are being investigated by the military and the Military Police Complaints Commission, a civilian agency.
This story has been going on for over a year now, I keep hearing about it, but it seems nobody wants to face it or discuss it.
We should pull out of Afgahnistan. Period. This is not the country I profess to love. We never should have gotten involved in Afghanistan in the first place.
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