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Credible accusations Afghan authorities were torturing prisoners handed to them by the Canadian forces resulted in the denial of transfers by this nation, an appropriate action and one which upholds Canada's standards of equality, justice and fairness.
But for the government to then hold back this information flies right in the face of the Afghanistan mission, creating a cause mired in secrets and double standards and not one of transparency and justice.
Earlier this year, opposition parties questioned the Prime Minister of similar allegation, to which he denounced his peers. Then in November acting commander Brigadier General Andre Deschamps received credible accusation of torture and discontinued the transfer of detainees to Afghan authorities. The matter remained under wraps until human rights organizations received letters from the government lawyers advising the transfer of prisoners because of the evidence.
If the government's lawyers knew then it is, frankly, quite easy to deduct government itself knew changes were taking place in Afghanistan.
Without doubt the role Canadian soldiers serve in Afghanistan is important. There is no doubt that from a human rights perspective Canadians are working doggedly to protect the integrity of the human spirit. For the government to step to the side and evaluate the possible negative press these allegations could have stirred is cowardice; a self-centered and villainous act of ego.
Our nation and its leaders should have been at the forefront of this accusation, making it clear that Canada will not stand by such action regardless of whether its our allies or our enemies under the microscope; that there remains a strong need for further UN support in light of such accusations and that should those that we have aligned ourselves continue to use such barbaric practices will find themselves living with dire consequences.
Canada could have moved right to the forefront of preserving human rights and exemplifying their role in Afghanistan but instead someone, somewhere, began the process of holding tongues, a terrible and ugly mistake when someone, somewhere was waiting with a whip, electrical cord and rubber hose.

Organizations: UN

Geographic location: Afghanistan, Canada

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