Wednesday, March 21, 2018 08:30:16 AM

At UN on Torture, Inner City Press Asks of Burundi, Sri Lanka, Western Sahara, Turkey & Egypt, Censorship

By InnerCity Press - Thu Oct 20, 7:44 am

By Matthew Russell LeeUNITED NATIONS, October 18 – When the UN brought three torture experts to the Press Briefing Room on October 18, Inner City Press had questions on Burundi, Sri Lanka, Western and even, though the UN made it off-camera, Ukraine.  Inner City Press asked Jens Modvig, the Chair of the UN Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture, about Burundi’s failure to appear for the second day of the session in August. Video here, from Minute 22:36.

He said Burundi has filed something in the last day or two — at the same time the Nkurunziza government leaves the International Criminal Court.  To the outgoing UN Special Rapporteur on Torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, Juan Mendez, Inner City Press asked about Sri Lanka — he expressed concern about a proposal by the government that legal assistance only come AFTER interrogation — and Western Sahara, on which he said that Morocco has engaged in torture, and has not permitted a follow up visit.   While in the first round saying it had no questions for the Chair of the UN Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture, Malcolm Evans,  since he is restricted in what he can say, Inner City Press followed him into the hall and asked about his visit to Ukraine, which the UN in Geneva turned into a seemingly substantive press released. He emphasized it was, in fact, procedural. We hope to have more on this.   Back in the briefing room, Inner City Press asked Mendez about Turkey — he was to visit in October but that has been delayed for his successor — and Egypt, where as Inner City Press has reported, among others journalists have alleged torture.   Video here from Minute 49:26….

Leave a Reply

Comments are closed on this post.