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The UK is complicit in torture

Despite strict prohibitions in law, the UK has taken advantage of torture on a significant scale. And now the commitment to an independent judicial inquiry has been dropped

By David Allen Green   October 2019

The European Court of Human Rights. The European Convention. Photo: Rainer Jensen/DPA/PA Images

Torture is supposed to be an absolute wrong: a thing wrong at all times, in all places, and under all circumstances. That is not only an ethical claim; it is the position in law. The absolute bar is the explicit position of all the relevant international conventions, and—exceptionally among the protections we enjoy under the European Convention and Human Rights Act—the Article 3 bar on “torture… inhuman…

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