Canada's torture allegations going global
Richard Colvin's testimony at a parliamentary committee yesterday has now not only caught the attention of just about everyone in Canada. China has noted the allegations in a story today in the China Daily, the government's newspaper.
Colvin used to be the number two man in Canada's embassy in Kabul. He says Afghan detainees, captured by Canadian Forces, were handed over to Afghan authorities and then tortured. CBC's James Cudmore has the lastest on that.
CBC political blogger Kady O'Malley was in the committee room yesterday. Read her view on what happened there.
CBC's China Correspondent Anthony Germain tells us how embarrassing this may be for prime minister Stephen Harper in the coming weeks. Harper is to go to China for his first official visit to the country. But how can Harper raise questions of human rights to the Chinese, if his own government is implicated in torture, and is even accused of trying to cover it up?
The Conservatives in Ottawa are trying to attack the credibility of Colvin's statements, saying he never saw first-hand any acts of torture. But it seems unlikely this story is going to die down anytime soon, especially now that China is paying attention.
David Michael Lamb
Senior Producer, World Report.
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