Saturday, April 28, 2007

The Liberals knew about torture allegations

Two things come out of this. The Liberals knew what was going on when they made this agreement in the dying days of the Martin government; and Foreign Affairs officials are very busy covering their asses.

Torture in Afghanistan: the liberals knew

Joel-Denis Bellavance


The old liberal government was warned by Canadian diplomats stationed in Kabul, in 2003, 2004 and 2005, that torture was a current practice in Afghan prisons.

In spite of these warnings, the Martin government decided to sign an agreement with the Karzaï government, in December 2005, to deliver to the Afghan authorities all the prisoners captured by the Canadian soldiers, reveal documents of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs obtained by the LaPresse.

Between 2002 and 2005, Canada gave the Americans the Afghan prisoners suspected of having bonds with the Taliban. But Ottawa decided to negotiate a prisoner transfer agreement with Afghan authorities, following the controversy caused by ill treatment of prisoners neld by the US at Guantánamo,Cuba, and the tortures inflicted on prisoners by American soldiers at Abu Ghraib, Iraq.

The Canadian soldiers started to transfer prisoners to the Afghan authorities in December, 2005. The documents obtained by LaPresse are annual reports prepared by Canadian diplomats. They paint a general picture of the situation in Afghanistan, in particular the progress recorded on human rights and in the creation of democratic institutions...

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