UN 'concerned' that MPs are to take up torture inquiry

The UN has expressed concern at the government's decision to hand an independent inquiry into the UK's awareness of torture in foreign jails over to MPs.

An interim report by former judge Sir Peter Gibson, which was released last week, found that British intelligence officials were aware of the mistreatment of detainees.

But Cabinet minister Ken Clarke announced that the investigation would be taken up by the parliamentary Intelligence and Security Committee (ISC).

UN Special Rapporteur on torture Juan E. Méndez said:

It is particularly discouraging to know that the decision was handed over to the ISC which is known to have previously failed to fully investigate prior allegations of torture, ill-treatment, rendition and surveillance in the context of counter-terrorism and national-security.

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UN 'concerned' that MPs are to take over torture inquiry

UN experts on torture and human rights have expressed concern that MPs are to take over an independent inquiry into whether UK intelligence officials were aware of the mistreatment of detainees in foreign jails.