London – Today, the Government announced that it will not be launching an independent  inquiry into it’s role in torture and rendition as part of the ‘War on Terror’, showing that those in power need not be held accountable for possible criminal behaviour.

The move is part of a broader trend, led by US President Donald Trump – who has pardoned US army personnel guilty of war crimes against Muslims – to signal to the international community that crimes committed by powerful states, are excusable.

This outright contempt for the rule of law sharply contrasts with both nations’ proclaimed “values” of “justice and “accountability” , which have led to the open invasion of two countries, the destabilisation of several more, and the death of millions – all in the name of the ‘War on Terror’.

Moazzam Begg, Outreach Director for CAGE said:

“CAGE and former prisoners have participated in multiple processes – through the courts, the police, judges who have led government-appointed inquiries, and even the Parliamentary Intelligence and Security Committee. All of them have confirmed and accepted that UK officials have been both complicit in, and turned a blind eye to, torture.”

“Despite survivors of torture seeking justice and accountability for almost two decades,, the government has shown repeatedly, and today confirmed, that it simply does not hold itself to the “values” it claims to promote.”

“There is not even hope that the ICC can pursue justice for torture survivors, since they have dropped investigations into US abuses in Afghanistan despite receiving multiple testimonies. It is now clear that there is no investigative process, either internally or externally, in which the US or Britain are willing to engage, that will see justice done.”

 

 

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