Sunday, January 20, 2008

Canada: Torture manual 'wrongly' lists allies Torture manual 'wrongly' lists allies: Bernier: "Alex Neve, secretary general of Amnesty International, told The Canadian Press from Ottawa he's unhappy with the decision to rewrite the manual.

"'It was commendable to see that manual which seemed to include an important section that was an objective assessment of human rights concerns around the world,' said Mr. Neve. 'To see that now be undermined by concerns about embarrassing allies is very disappointing.'

"U.S. Ambassador David Wilkins said the U.S. found it offensive to be on the same list with countries such as Iran and China. He said the U.S. requested it be removed from the list and added the U.S. does not condone torture.

"An Israeli Embassy spokesman said the ambassador of Israel would expect his country to be removed from the list.""

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