Statement made on 27 October 2009 by Senator Rod Zimmer (retired)
Hon. Rod A. A. Zimmer:
Honourable senators, my question is for the Leader of the Government in the Senate. In 2006, Amnesty International wrote to the Minister of Defence, warning that detainees taken by Canadian Forces could be tortured, which is a war crime. General Rick Hillier confirms that the government knew this abuse was happening since his first visit to the Afghan prisons. Today, the Minister of Defence is still transferring detainees to Afghanistan.
Honourable senators, why has the government ignored General Hillier's report and not acted upon this sensitive information?
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