CIA torture practices may be discussed at UNHRC: Russian diplomat

Russia’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Vitaly Churkin

he Russian Permanent Representative to the UN has no doubt that the CIA tortures will be on the UN Human Rights Council’s agenda.

MOCSOW, December 20 (Sputnik) – The US torture practices may be brought to discussion at the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC), Russian Permanent Representative to the UN Vitaly Churkin said.“I am sure it will be raised, because we have [UN] Convention Against Torture, and a special rapporteur,” Churkin told reporters Friday.

The Russian diplomat added that the UNHRC has a unique mechanism ensuring that all UN members agree to conduct a comprehensive review of human rights records in their countries.

Last week, Russian Human Rights Commissioner Konstantin Dolgov said that the US torture practices were another evidence of gross human rights violations by the US authorities, and urged to bring responsible parties to justice.On December 9, the US Senate Select Committee on Intelligence issued an executive summary of the report, featuring investigation details into the CIA interrogation techniques applied to alleged al-Qaeda members. The report describes a wide range of CIA torture practices, such as waterboarding, mock executions, prolonged sleep deprivation, threat of sexual abuse, threats against family and other tactics.

The revelation of abusive practices has caused international outrage, with the right groups, including UN experts, calling for prosecution of those responsible for the abusive practices. However, US President Barack Obama and the US Department of Justice found that the CIA officers who had carried out interrogations should not be prosecuted, according to the White House spokesperson.

By Sputnik News


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