UK orders diplomats to report torture on its nationals


LONDON – The British government has ordered all its diplomats to report any suspicion they may have about the UK terror suspects being tortured abroad.
The move comes in the wake of former President Pervez Musharraf interview last week that Britain gave Pakistan tacit approval of its interrogation techniques on terror suspects.
A British office source told Pakistan Today that Foreign Secretary William Hague warned all UK diplomats working overseas that they would personally responsible for reporting that terror suspects were being subjected to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment.
The new guidance requires all Foreign Office staff to report immediately any suspicions that torture is being used by a foreign government, particularly if British officials are thought to be involved. The document also lists for the first time the practices that the Foreign Office considers to constitute inhuman treatment. Hague said the new guidance was designed to strengthen the government’s focus on human rights and help eradicate torture across the world.
The foreign secretary said: “The UK government’s policy is clear; we do not participate in, solicit, encourage or condone the use of torture or cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment for any purpose.”