UK announces detail of 'Torture Inquiry': Amnesty reaction

Responding to the announcement by the UK Prime Minister David Cameron, confirming that the UK government will hold an inquiry into allegations of UK complicity in torture and other human rights abuses of individuals detained abroad, UK researcher for Amnesty International Alice Wyss said:

“Amnesty International has long called for an inquiry into credible allegations of UK complicity in torture and other human rights abuses of individuals detained abroad, which is fundamental in ensuring that victims' right to redress is fulfilled and that real accountability is achieved.

“This announcement by the UK Prime Minister David Cameron confirming the establishment of an inquiry into these allegations is to be welcomed as an important step towards achieving accountability and we will continue to follow developments as more details are made public.

“However, Amnesty International would like to note its concern with aspects of the Prime Minister's statement, including that secrecy may too frequently come before truth and real accountability. Allegations of grave human rights violations merit, indeed require, full, thorough, independent and impartial investigations and we hope that the inquiry proposed today will achieve that.”

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