US urged to investigate CIA human rights abuses

Leading human rights groups have called on the United States Department of Justice to investigate the Central Intelligence Agency’s torture program.

Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, and the American Civil Liberties Union sent a letter to US Attorney General Loretta Lynch on Tuesday, asking her to appoint a special prosecutor to probe the CIA torture.

The three groups attached a petition signed by nearly 111,788 concerned individuals to their letter.

“The Justice Department has a clear responsibility to carry out a credible and comprehensive criminal investigation into the overwhelming evidence that US officials used torture in violation of US law,” said Kenneth Roth, the Human Rights Watch executive director.

“The Obama administration’s continued failure to act in the face of this mountain of evidence risks sending the message that torture is a valid policy option rather than the crime that it is,” Roth added.

In December last year, the US Senate released a damning report on the CIA’s brutal torture program which was launched after the September 11, 2001 attacks.

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