WASHINGTON, United States, Dec 11 – A damning report on the United States’ brutal treatment of War on Terror detainees triggered worldwide condemnation Wednesday and calls for CIA agents and senior officials to face justice.
That US interrogators tortured Al-Qaeda suspects in secret jails was known, but a detailed Senate report into the scandal was seized upon by America’s shocked friends and gloating enemies alike.
China and Iran, whose own human rights records have often been criticized by Washington, denounced the abuses – but so did Germany and the new pro-US leader of Afghanistan.
“Such a gross violation of our liberal, democratic values must not happen again,” German foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said, reflecting the embarrassment of Washington’s European allies. READ: CIA torture brutal and ineffective: US Senate report.
European Commission spokeswoman Catherine Ray welcomed the transparency of the report but warned it “raises important questions about the violation of human rights by the US authorities.”
America’s great power rival China – often on the end of US censure for its rights record – was equally unimpressed.
“We believe the US side should reflect upon itself, correct its ways and earnestly respect and abide by the rules of international conventions,” Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Hong Lei said.