GLOBALISING TORTURE

February 9, 2013 – 4:37 am

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The full extent of the CIA’s extraordinary rendition programme has been laid bare with the publication of a report Feb 5, 2013 showing there is evidence that more than a quarter of the world’s governments covertly offered support. Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s daughter Amrit Singh was instrumental in producing the report (Read the sidebar below).

A 213-page report compiled by the Open Society Justice Initiative (OSJI), a New York-based human rights organisation, says that at least 54 countries co-operated with the global kidnap, detention and torture operation that was mounted after 9/11, many of them in Europe.

So widespread and extensive was the participation of governments across the world that it is now clear the CIA could not have operated its programme without their support, according to the OSJI.

“There is no doubt that high-ranking Bush administration officials bear responsibility for authorising human rights violations associated with secret detention and extraordinary rendition, and the impunity that they have enjoyed to date remains a matter of significant concern,” the report says.

The report is titled, Globalizing Torture: CIA Secret Detention and Extraordinary Rendition. You can download a PDF version from the Open Society’s site here.

The report also shows that as many as 54 foreign governments reportedly participated in these operations in various ways, including by hosting CIA prisons on their territories; detaining, interrogating, torturing, and abusing individuals; assisting in the capture and transport of detainees; permitting the use of domestic airspace and airports for secret flights transporting detainees; providing intelligence leading to the secret detention and extraordinary rendition of individuals; and interrogating individuals who were secretly being held in the custody of other governments.

Foreign governments also failed to protect detainees from secret detention and extraordinary rendition on their territories and to conduct effective investigations into agencies and officials who participated in these operations. The 54 governments identified in this report span the continents of Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, and North America.

Of note to Asians are the number of Asean countries listed in the report. They include Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand. Also on the list are Australia and Hong Kong.

Following are the 54 countries in alphabetical order.

Afghanistan
Albania
Algeria
Australia
Austria
Azerbaijan
Belgium
Bosnia-Herzegovina
Canada
Croatia
Cyprus
Czech Republic
Denmark
Djibouti
Egypt
Ethiopia
Finland
Republic of the Gambia
Georgia
Germany
Greece
Hong Kong
Iceland
Indonesia
Iran
Ireland
Italy
Jordan
Kenya
Libya
Lithuania
Macedonia
Malawi
Malaysia
Mauritania
Morocco
Pakistan
Poland
Portugal
Romania
Saudi Arabia
Somalia
South Africa
Spain
Sri Lanka
Sweden
Syria
Thailand
Turkey
United Arab Emirates
United Kingdom
Uzbekistan
Yemen
Zimbabwe

Do yourself a favor, download and read the report (click here).

PROTEST AND SURVIVE

A karmic coincidence that the Open Society released their Globalizing Torture report February 5, 2013. The next day, Bob Marley live in Minneapolis (November 15, 1979) was shared at Losslesslegs. It’s from The Wailers Survival Tour. Resist and fight oppression. Click here for the tracks.

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PM’s DAUGHTER BLOWS WHISTLE ON 54 NATIONS THAT HELPED U.S. DETAIN AND TORTURE PRISONERS

It does not matter if it is Republican President George Bush or Democratic President Barack Obama in the White House; Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s daughter Amrit Singh’s canvassing for human rights and campaign against secret rendition and torture cuts across party lines - and across countries.

In an exhaustive 214-page report released February 5, Singh, currently a senior legal officer at the Open Society Justice Initiative, has exposed 54 countries that helped facilitate the Central Intelligence Agency’s secret detention, rendition, and interrogation programme in the years after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The report draws a stark picture of scores of people, both hardcore al-Qaida types and wayfarers, who were caught in the massive and foggy US counterterrorism drive worldwide after 9/11.

Singh has also named 136 people who were detained and transferred by the CIA and its allied or cooperating intelligence outfits, the first time such an extensive and detailed list has been compiled. She describes how and where they were apprehended, transferred, and interrogated. The list, which includes many Pakistanis, Aafia Siddiqui among them, is the largest one compiled to date, and it reveals how detainees were moved around the world without due process, often to countries which ran secret prisons and torture cells.

The 54 countries which were co-opted in the sweeping CIA drive against terrorism include the usual suspects such as Pakistan, Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Algeria and Libya which have poor or non-existent legal systems, judicial oversight, and human rights. But it also includes western countries such as Australia, Canada, Sweden, Denmark, Belgium, Finland, Germany, Spain, and Italy, some of which are fierce advocates of civil liberties and human rights.

India is not among the countries named in the report. The list of 136 detainees does not include any Indians, nor were any apprehended in India. A majority of them were detained in Pakistan in raids and many of them are Pakistanis, confirming the country’s reputation as a terrorist haven.

Singh, who is the youngest of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s three daughters, was a staff attorney at the American Civil Liberty Union’s Immigrants’ Rights Project before she joined the National Security and Counterterrorism program at the Open Society Justice Initiative last year. Some of her human rights work is chronicled in a book Administration of Torture: A Documentary Record from Washington to Abu Ghraib and Beyond, that she has co-authored. She is married to Barton Beebe, a professor of law at New York University.

She has been a persistent critic of US human rights violations, particular during the Bush years, but she has not eased off during the Obama White House either, even as the Democratic President has reneged on some of his commitments. Indeed, the latest report is sharply critical of Obama and his administration.

“The time has come for the United States and its partner governments to admit to the truth of their involvement in secret detention and extraordinary rendition, repudiate these practices, and conduct effective investigations directed at holding officials accountable,” Singh writes in her conclusion. - Times Of India

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$INGAPORE SUPREME COURT APPOINTS JUTHIKA AS FIRST CEO

Jan 23, 2013: The former solicitor will leave her current post as chief executive of the Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority (ACRA) and assume her new position on Feb 1, said the Supreme Court in a statement earlier today.

The full statement below:
The Honourable the Chief Justice has appointed Ms Juthika Ramanathan as the Chief Executive, Judiciary Administration & Operations of the Supreme Court of $ingapore, with effect from Feb 1. The appointment is for an initial period of three years.

The position of Chief Executive is new. As Chief Executive, Ms Ramanathan will oversee the administration and operations of the Supreme Court and will report to the Chief Justice in this regard. The principal functions and responsibilities of the Chief Executive shall include those of the “Accounting Officer” and the Permanent Secretary-equivalent for the Supreme Court. The Chief Executive will work closely with the Registrar of the Supreme Court, who will establish a new docketing system for active case management and continue to oversee the work of the Legal Service officers in the Supreme Court.

A former solicitor in commercial practice, Ms Ramanathan joined the Registry of Companies and Business in 1986 as an Assistant Registrar of Companies and Businesses. In 1998, she was appointed the Registrar of Companies and Businesses. Ms Ramanathan oversaw the merger of the Registry of Companies and Businesses and Public Accountants Board and establishment of ACRA as a statutory board in 2004.

A recipient of the Public Administration Medal (Silver), Ms Ramanathan received her Bachelor of Laws Degree from the National University of $ingapore and attended the Stanford Executive Program conducted by the Stanford Graduate School of Business, Stanford University.

Although unmentioned, Ms Ramanathan is the daughter of former $ingapore president $R Nathan, affectionately known as “prata man”.

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