UK: Law Lords torture
Amnesty International UK Director Kate Allen said:
â€œThe UK stands at an important crossroads â€“ it can become a defender of human rights or continue to be a defender of torture.
â€œLet us be clear what we are talking about. This is about whether the UK will turn a blind eye to torture â€“ to people being thrown in a cell and having pain and terror inflicted upon them.
â€œFailing to rule out torture â€˜evidenceâ€™ in UK proceedings would provide a cloak of legality for that which is unlawful. The UK must take a principled stand â€“ torture is never acceptable.
â€œThe law is clear: donâ€™t torture people, donâ€™t send people to countries where theyâ€™ll be tortured, donâ€™t accept torture evidence.
â€œAs the UK seeks â€˜Memoranda of Understandingâ€™ with countries which practice torture and we await a decision on whether torture â€˜evidenceâ€™ can be used in UK courts, we are in danger of failing on two out of three counts.â€
Amnesty International spokespeople will be outside the House of Lords on Thursday morning and available for comment.
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