I have just sent this email to the clerk to the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights:
Do we have a venue yet?
I will be assisted by Professor Douwe Korff, Professor of International Law
at London Metropolitan University and an acknowledged authority in this
area. While I was Ambassador in Tashkent he did work on torture there for
both the OSCE and the British government. Members of the committee may wish
to take advantage of Prof Korff’s presence to ask him questions including
about the interpretation of complicity in Article 4 of UNCAT, which concept
is at the heart of my evidence. If the committee do not wish to do this,
Prof Korff is content just to sit with and advise me.
I will also refer to the discussion of the use of torture intelligence on
page 15 of the FCO’s latest annual report on human rights, and to the four
legal memos on CIA torture techniques recently released on the instructions
of President Obama, in the context of the US/UK intelligence sharing
agreement. It may be helpful for members of the committee to have those
documents to hand.