Fourth Annual Baha Mousa Lecture:
On 19th October, my companion blog published - Fourth Baha Mousa Memorial Lecture - Iraq - Unlawful treatment of detainees 'institutional'. That post covered a lecture delivered by a former Senior Legal Adviser to the British Army in Iraq - Lt. Col. Nicholas Mercer. The lecture is reported at The Guardian 19th October 2012 where Colonel Mercer said the UK's complicity in the unlawful treatment of detainees was "institutional" and must be wiped out to prevent future abuses by British troops. Colonel Mercer described how he was gagged by the Ministry of Defence after he criticised senior British commanders and MoD officials in the case of Baha Mousa, who died while in the custody of British troops. Mercer said his attempts to set up independent judicial monitoring of the treatment of detainees were blocked by the MoD. Britain's obligations under domestic and international law were routinely ignored, he added.
PIL say that they wished "to give everyone an opportunity to listen to the lecture which provided a fascinating and, at times, extremely moving account of Colonel Mercer’s courageous attempts to try and ensure that the British Army complied with international law in its treatment of detainees in Iraq. He described his horror in 2003 at seeing tens of Iraqis hooded in stress positions within a British detention facility and his dismay when the Ministry of Defence blocked his efforts to set up independent judicial monitoring of the detention of Iraqis. Colonel Mercer used his address to call upon public servants to end torture by the state."
The book was reviewed by Clive Stafford Smith in The Guardian 23rd November 2012 - Cruel Britannia by Ian Cobain - review
A Very British Killing:
The UN Special Rapporteur on Torture:
Here, Juan Méndez, UN Special Rapporteur on Torture, discussed the global efforts to eradicate torture. Please see Chatham House - Enforcing the absolute prohibition against torture where the Special rapporteur spoke of efforts on a global scale to eradicate torture.
Other posts etc:
Law and Lawyers posts -
13th February 2010 - Has the UK been complicit in either the torture or mistreatment of prisoners?
9th September 2011 - The 10th Anniversary of 9/11
23rd November 2011 - The unfolding aftermath of the Iraq War