The United Nations Committee Against Torture issued a lengthy report today assessing the performance of the 156 countries whose governments have ratified the Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, which took effect two decades ago.
The report subjected a major country to a wide-ranging critique, indicting it for a long list of human rights violations including:
Refusal to prosecute officials who engage in or sanction torture of prisoners
Detaining prisoners indefinitely without trial or other judicial proceeding, or any hope of release
Kidnapping individuals overseas and torturing them in secret prisons
Approving a manual for interrogation of prisoners that includes methods classified as torture under the Geneva Conventions