Canada urged to investigate its alleged role in torture

posted on November 03, 2005 | in Category Canada | PermaLink

Original author: Jeff Sallot
Source: The Globe and Mail
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Date: November 3, 2005

OTTAWA -- Canada needs to publicly investigate allegations its officials may be complicit in the torture of Canadian citizens in the Middle East, the United Nations Human Rights Committee says in a report that criticizes federal anti-terrorism measures.

But there is no need for a public inquiry, says Deputy Prime Minister Anne McLellan, cabinet's anti-terrorism chief. She refuses to say whether Ottawa has conducted internal investigations of the cases.

The UN panel said yesterday "it is concerned by allegations that Canada may have co-operated with agencies known to resort to torture with the aim of extracting information from individuals detained in foreign countries," referring to the cases of three Canadian Muslim men who were arrested in Syria and say they were brutally interrogated about information they believe was supplied by federal authorities.

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