Gallagher clearly and simply presents the shameful facts that both the United States and Canada have refused to investigate charges of unlawful detention and torture of civilians, despite abundant evidence in support of the charges Now, the four torture survivors are petitioning the United Nations for redress. Gallagher ends with the powerful question: "These four survivors are asking the UN to enforce its own convention, nothing more and nothing less. They call upon the UN, unlike Canada, to unequivocally reject a worldview in which the powerful are exempt from rules, treaties and prohibitions against senseless acts of barbarity. Will the UN now hear their call?"
For want of justice through the government of the United States, two respected organizations--the Center for Constitutional Rights and the Canadian Centre for International Justice filed a complaint in Canada against the George W Bush administration for torture. Canada declined. It remains for the United Nations to determine whether or not the essentials of international law and human rights are to be enforced or ignored. What can we expect in the future when we face similar ... More »