U.N. rights chief urges Obama to prosecute torturers | Reuters
By Stephanie Nebehay
GENEVA, May 14 (Reuters) - The U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights on Thursday welcomed the election of the United States to the top United Nations rights forum and urged it to prosecute those accused of torture and other abuses.
Navi Pillay said Washington should investigate all U.S. renditions of terrorism suspects and ensure any interrogators who mistreated them are brought to justice for violating an international ban on torture.
Her appeal, in an opinion piece in the International Herald Tribune, came a day after President Barack Obama said he would fight the release of dozens of photographs showing the abuse of terrorism suspects over concern the images could ignite a backlash against U.S. troops deployed abroad.
The United States’ election on Tuesday to the United Nations Human Rights Council could help the cause of human rights and America’s standing in the international community, Pillay said.
She described Washington’s decision to seek a seat for the first time at the 47-member forum as a “welcome step in restoring international trust in U.S. support for human rights”.