In the world of dirty politics (literally), there is a ray of hope once in a blue moon. With the recent call for a public inquiry in the UK on ex-Guantanamo inmate, Binyam Mohamed, the security service loses a legal battle. MI5 (British equivalent to CSIS) tried to suppress evidence of torture of a British citizen who was once held in Guantanamo Bay.
An article published in the UK reads, “Three judges forced the Foreign Office to publish secret details on Wednesday showing our security services were "complicit" in torturing former UK terror suspect Binyam Mohamed. MI5 sent an officer to Pakistan to interrogate Mohamed, who had suffered sleep deprivation and threats while he was held by the CIA.”
Now, the government has been forced to disclose information about knowingly allowing ill-treatment and torture. This has caused the government to lose the legal battle in Binyam’s case, thus allowing the evidence of torture to be included.This one decision could, and should, have wider implications on a global scale.
The issue of torture of prisoners is not one that should be suppressed, and hopefully such incidents shed some much-needed light on the issue. In today’s current state, I do believe that I am being a bit optimistic by hoping that such an example will open up the eyes of the rest of the authorities around the world and force them to take action against these human rights abuses and infringements, but one can hope and pray.
Read more about this ongoing case:http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/feb/10/torture-mi5-binyam-mohamed