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UN Official Calls US Torture Practices 'Breeding Ground' for More Terrorism

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19:33 11.12.2014(updated 19:44 11.12.2014)

The example set by the US on the use of torture has been a big draw-back in the fight against such practice in many other countries throughout the world, the UN's Special Rapporteur on torture said Thursday.

UNITED NATIONS, December 11 (Sputnik) – The United States' post 9/11 interrogation practices revealed and confirmed in the Senate report released this week have served as a breeding ground for terrorist activities, the UN's Special Rapporteur on torture said Thursday.

"The torture that has taken place has been a breeding ground for more terrorism," Juan Mendez said as quoted in a statement published on the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights official website.

According to Mendez, the United States' employing controversial interrogation techniques has emboldened other countries with respect to torture. "We had a sense of moral condemnation of torture that was truly universal. The nations that tortured denied that they did," Mendez said.

"However, the example set by the United States on the use of torture has been a big draw-back in the fight against such practice in many other countries throughout the world," he stressed.

Mendez noted, that being a UN Special Rapporteur on torture, he travels extensively and 'can attest to the fact that many states either implicitly or explicitly tell you: 'Why look at us? If the US tortures, why can't we do it?'

According to Mendez, some moral high ground has been lost regarding the use of torture, but it can and should be regained.

Mendez called the publication of the summary of the report 'a first step in the direction of fulfilling other US obligations under the Convention against Torture, namely to combat impunity and ensure accountability, by investigating and prosecuting those responsible.'

On December 9, the US Senate Select Intelligence Committee released an executive summary of the 6,300 page report, detailing its investigation into the CIA's interrogation techniques used on alleged al-Qaeda members after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The report describes interrogation techniques used by the agency including waterboarding, sleep deprivation and threatening prisoners' families.

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