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Torture: Calling for a "Transatlantic Inquiry"

By jimstaro - Posted on 12 November 2010

MEPs pressing for Wikileaks Iraq torture follow-up at US summit

11 November 2010 - Euro-deputies on Thursday (11 November) called for a "transatlantic inquiry" into Iraqi torture cases described in US war logs published by Wikileaks and pressed EU leaders to follow up on the issue at a meeting with US President Barack Obama next week.

The European Parliament is "highly concerned over the recent serious allegations that torture has been condoned in Iraq" and demands an "independent transatlantic inquiry," a resolution adopted Thursday in the plenary reads. MEPs also call for this issue "to be raised in the context of the EU-US summit," which is set to take place on 20 November in Lisbon.

Last month, Julian Assange's Wikileaks website published some 400,000 classified army documents, disclosing that US helicopters in Iraq had killed insurgents who were trying to surrender and that American troops routinely delivered suspects to their Iraqi allies, knowing that they would be submitted to torture. The massive leak also uncovered 15,000 more civilian deaths than were previously known about.

The issue is so far not on the agenda of the meeting, said a spokesman for EU Council President Herman Van Rompuy, who will represent member states in the two-hour meeting with Mr Obama. European Commission chief Jose Manuel Barroso will also attend the gathering. {read rest}

First, Iraq, and it's not about torture, but is worth noting anyway, even if the report is very short.

"Video: Fate of thousands of Iraqis unknown" (2:24)
by, Sept. 26th, 2010

Thousands of Iraqis have gone missing since the US-led invasion seven years ago.

It is thought that many disappeared during the sectarian bloodshed and a number were rounded up in military operations.

As the United States winds down its presence in the country, many families fear they will never find out what really happened to those who disappeared.

Al Jazeera's Rawya Rageh reports from Baghdad, the Iraqi capital.

The next two articles are about Andy Worthington and two former detainees at Guantanamo Bay and Bagram prisons, Shafiq Rasul and Ruhal Ahmed, speaking at a conference in London on Nov. 14th. And the third item, below, is for a video-recorded discussion with these three people.

"Andy Worthington and Former Guantánamo Prisoners Speak at “Bring Aafia Siddiqui Home,” London, September 14, 2010

by Andy Worthington, Nov. 12th, 2010

"Five New UK Screenings of “Outside the Law: Stories from Guantánamo” – in Bangor, Oxford, London and Sheffield"

by Andy Worthington, Nov. 11th, 2010

"Video: Shafiq Rasul and Ruhal Ahmed Discuss US Detention at Kandahar, Bagram and Guantánamo with Andy Worthington at “Eid Without Aafia Siddiqui” Event" (approx. 40 min., 14:27, 14:10 and 11:10)

by Andy Worthington, Nov. 9th, 2010


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