USA: CIA ‘waterboarding’: Admission of a crime, now there must be a criminal investigation

By AI International Secretariat, , Index number: AMR 51/011/2008

The recent confirmation by the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), General Michael Hayden, that the CIA has used “waterboarding” against detainees must result in a full, independent and prompt criminal investigation. Waterboarding is torture: torture is a crime under international law. This document also calls for the USA to end enforced disappearances, secret and indefinite detention.

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