8 March 2013: CRUEL BRITANNIA: A SECRET HISTORY OF TORTURE - Public Meeting with speaker IAN COBAIN
AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL Malvern Hills Group and The Chase School Group presented a PUBLIC MEETING:
CRUEL BRITANNIA: A Secret History of Torture
Speaker: IAN COBAIN, an award-winning investigative reporter with The Guardian. Discussing his new book, Cruel Britannia, he talked about how the British have repeatedly and systematically resorted to torture. What emerges is a picture of Britain that challenges our complacency on human rights and exposes the lie behind our reputation for fair play.
Cruel Britannia is the WINNER of the Debut Political Book of the Year prize in the Political Book Awards 2013.
Friday 8 March 2013 at 7.30 pm
The Chase School Geraldine Road MALVERN WR14 3NZ
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What has been said about the book:
The official line is clear: the UK does not 'participate in, solicit, encourage or condone' torture. And yet, the evidence is irrefutable: when it comes to dealing with potential threats to our national security, the gloves always come off. As the enquiries into the on-going abuse of terror suspects uncover an ever more sinister and unpalatable chain of complicity - going right to the top of government - it is time to re-examine the assumption that the British don't 'do' torture. Drawing on previously unseen official documents, and the accounts of witnesses, victims and experts, prize-winning investigative journalist Ian Cobain looks beyond the cover-ups and the attempts to dismiss brutality as the work of a few rogue interrogators, to reveal a secret and shocking record of torture. From WWII to the War on Terror, via Kenya and Northern Ireland, Cruel Britannia shows how the British have repeatedly and systematically resorted to torture, turning a blind eye where necessary, bending the law where they can, and issuing categorical denials all the while. What emerges is a picture of Britain that challenges our complacency on human rights and exposes the lie behind our reputation for fair play.
‘In one of the most shocking and persuasive books of the year, Ian Cobain details not just British complicity in torture – we know about that – but the longstanding practice of the thing itself, and the lies British politicians have always told, and are still telling, to cover it up.’ David Hare
‘It is clear from this superb book that those who got us involved in torture in recent years hadn’t learned from our previous visits to the dark side. This fascinating, horrible story of seventy years of British cruelty should be read by politicians and the public alike.’ Clive Stafford Smith, Director, Reprieve
‘A deeply disturbing book which implicates both the British Government and the Security Services in rendition and complicity in torture. It is like rolling a hand grenade into the heart of the Establishment.’ Lieutenant Colonel Nicholas Mercer