Public Statement Ending all US black sites & Urge for President Obama and PM. Yingluck to investigate Black site in Thailand
We are welcome the newly elected President of the United State of America and glad to learn on your openness on international relation including that your first visiting trip is in Southeast Asia. Your visit in Thailand on 18-19 November is significant and shown our strong relationship and not only economic and trading partnership will be strength in bilaterally but also regionally.
However, we are concerned about your foreign policy, especially during the war on terror. In The wake of 9/11 the CIA, under the authorization of a Presidential Memorandum, instituted a network of secret detention facilities around the world to detain & interrogate terrorist suspects. At least one of these “black sites” is said to have been in Thailand. Not only are both Abu Zubaydah & al-Nashiri alleged to have been detained at this facility, but it is also alleged that they were also tortured during their detention by U.S. officials, who were aided by Thai officials.
Abu Zubaydah was originally captured in Pakistan on March 28th 2002, & shortly thereafter was transported to Thailand for interrogation. CIA methods of interrogation include using nudity, sleep deprivation, sensory overstimulation, loud noises, temperature manipulation, prolonged shackling, & dietary manipulation.
In late June of 2002 CIA attorneys sought advice on the legality of such “enhanced interrogation techniques” (EITs). On July 24th 2002 the Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) advised the CIA that the EITs were legal, despite the prohibition against torture found in section 2340A of Title 18 of the United States Code. Zubaydah was moved to another secret detention facility in Poland in December 2002 before being relocated to Guantanamo Bay in 2006, where he is still being detained.
Al-Nashiri was reportedly captured in Dubai in October 2002 & was eventually flown to the same Thai black site where Zubaydah was being detained. It is alleged that EITs were immediately used Nashiri, including the act of waterboarding. Abdel-Hakim Belhaj is another detainee who alleges that he was held at a Thai black site & subjected to torture in 2004.
From the existing fact, we urge Thailand and the United States to investigate independently and open to public on the black site in Thailand that allegedly using as a torture field and experiment of torture methods that later used. The investigation must lead to bringing perpetrators to justice and urge the two countries to end the said operation. We wish Mr. Barack Obama and Ms. Yingluck Shinnawatra to announce public your position as the leading of the two nations to ensure that all cooperation will not lead to any kinds of human rights violation including torture and ill treatment. “Enhanced interrogation techniques” has been used widely in the war on terror and its content amount of torture and ill treatments which is violation international human rights laws
Contact: Pornpen Khongkachonkiet 02-6934939
Campaign against torture Project, Cross Cultural Foundation