Freedom from Torture responds to “extremely disturbing” allegations of British torture and attempted cover-up

In response to allegations of British torture abroad, revealed by The Sunday Times and the BBC, Freedom from Torture expresses deep concern.

Sonya Sceats, Chief Executive of Freedom from Torture, said:

These latest allegations of British torture and attempts by our politicians to cover it up are extremely disturbing – both their contents and the ongoing attempt by the British government to keep them under wraps. All made worse by the fact that this government is right now is proposing new laws to block prosecutions for war crimes committed more than ten years ago.

Survivors and the families of anyone who died deserve justice, and the British people deserve the truth. This kind of abuse cannot be tolerated under any circumstances.

Historically, Britain led the way in establishing laws for an absolute ban on torture. Now we are in danger of flouting global rules we helped to create.

At Freedom from Torture, we rehabilitate people from all over the world who have been tortured and abused by their government and militaries, especially in conflict. The damage it does is horrifying.

Britain should be leading the way on human rights, not turning a blind eye to abuse. Soldiers, like everyone else, must be held accountable for their actions. No one is above the law.