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UK: Diplomats must report overseas torture worries

UK: Diplomats must report overseas torture worries

Britain's Foreign Secretary says diplomats will be made personally responsible for reporting any concerns over the torture or mistreatment of detainees overseas.
Foreign Secretary William Hague published new guidance Tuesday that orders diplomatic staff to inform London of any worries about possible cruelty.
In November, Britain agreed to pay hefty settlements to ex-Guantanamo detainees who accused the government of complicity in their torture. Officials were criticized for failing to press allies for assurances about the treatment of suspects held overseas.
Hague says staff must immediately report all instances in which they see detainees subjected to techniques including sleep deprivation, physical abuse, hooding or the withdrawal of food.


Updated : 2021-04-14 23:21 GMT+08:00