UK anti-torture policy 'unfit for purpose', says APPG

As covered in today's Financial Times, the APPG has responded to the public consultation on the UK's anti-torture policy, by calling the policy 'unfit for purpose and insufficient to prevent a repeat of UK involvement in rendition and torture.'

The flaws in the Guidance mean that UK officials risk action that is both morally wrong and illegal, putting them at risk of prosecution.

In a 21-page response the APPG sets outs its concerns with the current policy and recommends that the policy be re-written, with a clear prohibition on action carrying a real risk of torture, mistreatment or extraordinary rendition. It should also be clear that Ministers cannot authorise such action, says the Group. 

Download/Read: the public consultation(pdf)

Read the full response here.