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Cruel Britannia: A Secret History of Torture

From the Second World War to the War on Terror, via Kenya and Northern Ireland award-winning investigative journalist Ian Cobain's new book Cruel Britannia explores Britain's role in the development and use of torture. We will be joined by Cobain and a panel of experts to ask whether it is time to challenge the official line that the UK does not 'participate in, solicit, encourage or condone' torture.


From the Second World War to the War on Terror, via Kenya and Northern Ireland award-winning investigative journalist Ian Cobain's new book Cruel Britannia explores Britain's role in the development and use of torture. Drawing on previously unseen official documents, and the accounts of witnesses, victims and experts Cobain reveals some stark truths.

With the High Court judgement that a group of Kenyans can claim damages from British government for abuses suffered during the Mau Mau rebellion, and on-going enquiries into the abuse of terror suspects, we will be joined by Cobain and a panel of experts to discuss Britain's record on involvement in the use of torture. We will be asking whether it is to time to challenge the official line that the UK does not 'participate in, solicit, encourage or condone' torture.

With:

Ian Cobain, an investigative jounrnalist with the Guardian and author of Cruel Britannia: A Secret History of Torture. His inquiries into the UK's involvement with torture since 9/11 have won the Martha Gellhorn Prize and the Paul Foot Award for investigative journalism, and has been shortlisted for the Orwell Prize. He has also won several Amnesty International Media awards and a Liberty award.

Clive Baldwin, the Senior Legal Advisor for the Legal and Policy office at Human Rights Watch, where he has been working on issues of international law since 2007. His areas of focus include the Middle East, north and west Africa and discrimination law.

Additional panelists to be confirmed.


Speaker(s):

Clive Baldwin | talks
Mr Ian Cobain | talks | www

 

Date and Time:

15 November 2012 at 7:00 pm

Duration:

2 hours

 

Venue:

Frontline Club
13 Norfolk Place
London
W2 1QJ
+44 (0)20 7479 8950
http://www.frontlineclub.com

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Tickets:

£12.50 Standard, £10 Concession

Available from:

http://www.frontlineclub.com/events/2012/11/cruel-britannia-a-secret-history-of-torture.html

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