Monthly Archives: December 2014

Did the Torture Report Just Open the U.S. Up to ICC Prosecution?

Justice in Conflict

Camp X-Ray, Guantanamo Bay (Photo: AP) Camp X-Ray, Guantanamo Bay (Photo: AP)

Does the recent ‘torture report’ on CIA ‘enhanced interrogation methods’ leave US citizens vulnerable to prosecution by the International Criminal Court (ICC)? That was the question I was asked to answer in my latest article for the Washington Post’s Monkey Cage, originally posted here.

Dec. 9 saw the much anticipated release of the U.S. Senate’s “torture report,” outlining in harrowing and tragic detail the CIA’s program of “enhanced interrogation techniques” in its “global war on terror.” On Dec. 2, the Office of the Prosecutor at the International Criminal Court also released a report in which it made clear that it was inching closer to opening an official investigation into crimes in Afghanistan – including U.S. interrogation techniques. These developments could very well expose U.S. officials to formal investigation – and potentially prosecution – by the ICC. But is the court truly prepared to…

View original post 1,094 more words

Dzamara Abducted, Savagely Beaten by Zanu PF Militia

It is a shame most zimbabwean are suffering from sleeping sickness whilst this takes place

NOW DAILY

By Peter Bolder|
Now Daily|

Rights activist Itai Dzamara and several members of the Occupy Africa Unity Square protest movement were on Tuesday abducted by Zanu PF militiamen and savagely beaten.
A spokesman for the group said they were holding a protest march on the streets of Harare when they were suddenly surrounded by a gang of thugs who came in several vehicles.
“After their abduction, our comrades were taken to the Zanu PF headquarters along Fourth Street, where they were brutally assaulted and had their possessions stolen, including two cellphones and all the money they had on them,” the OAUS spokesperson said. “They were then dumped at Harare central police station, where the police did not arrest the perpetrators. Instead, plainclothes officers further abused our comrades.”
The spokesperson said when the activists were finally found, all of them had severe headaches from the torture.
“Itai’s face was very swollen…

View original post 136 more words