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Carmichael: Britain should take the lead in opposing torture

March 16, 2017 8:50 AM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Alistair Carmichael, MP for Orkney and Shetland has today called on government ministers to take the lead in condemning the use of torture and to make it clear to President Trump's administration that a return to using torture by the USA would lead to a withdrawal of sharing of intelligence with them.

Speaking after a debate in the House of Commons, Mr Carmichael said:

"I have raised with the Foreign Secretary the possibility of withdrawing the sharing of intelligence with the Trump administration in the event that they were to revert to the use of torture, waterboarding or as the President said during the campaign, something "a hell of a lot worse".

"The UK has always led the world with our opposition to torture. In recent years by cooperating with rendition and the use of torture we stained our own reputation. That now needs to be repaired."