Uzbekistan

Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 26th October 2004.

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Photo of Gary Streeter Gary Streeter Conservative, South West Devon

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the United States about Mr. Craig Murray's reports that the (a) British and (b) US intelligence services were using information extracted from prisoners in Uzbekistan under torture; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Jack Straw Jack Straw Foreign Secretary

We have regular discussions with the US on Counter Terrorism and human rights.

The UK abides by its commitments under international law, including the UN Convention Against Torture. The British Government, including the intelligence and security agencies, never use torture in order to obtain information. Nor would we instigate others to commit torture for that purpose. We are active in pressing other countries to live up to their human rights obligations and to deliver on human rights commitments they have made.

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