US Senate passes amendment to ban torture

2015-06-16 23:01
Lede van die meditasiegroep Falun Gong vertoon Chinese martelmetodes wat op hulle gebruik is tydens ’n betoging in 2005. Die groep beweer die Chinese polisie martel lede om hul geloof af te sweer. Foto: AP

Lede van die meditasiegroep Falun Gong vertoon Chinese martelmetodes wat op hulle gebruik is tydens ’n betoging in 2005. Die groep beweer die Chinese polisie martel lede om hul geloof af te sweer. Foto: AP

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Washington - The US Senate passed a measure on Tuesday aimed at ensuring that the United States never tortures detainees again.

The Senate voted 78 to 21 to approve a defence bill amendment that bans torture. It was introduced by Republican Senator John McCain and Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein.

The amendment bolsters current law and makes the US Army Field Manual on Interrogations the standard for all interrogations conducted by the US government. It also gives the International Committee of the Red Cross access to every detainee held by the US.

Feinstein said the amendment was important because the presidential executive order banning torture could one day be lifted by a future president.

"I ask my colleagues to support this amendment and by doing so we can recommit ourselves to the fundamental precept that the US does not torture - without exception and without equivocation - and ensure that the mistakes of our past are never again repeated in the future," she said.

The vote comes just months after the Senate intelligence committee released findings of a classified investigation that said the CIA's brutal interrogations of al-Qaida detainees after September 11 2001 were harsher than previously thought

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