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12:30pm Monday 18th March 2013 in Letters
THE meeting at the Chase School organised by the sixth formers on Friday was the third successful joint meeting with Amnesty International Malvern Hills Group.
Ian Cobain, an investigative journalist and the winner of the Debut Political Book of the Year came to speak about his new book, Cruel Britannia: A Secret History of Torture.
He told us that one of the reasons for writing this book was to find out the truth behind the official line that the UK does not condone torture and to challenge the UK’s complacency on human rights and expose the reputation for fair play.
He described how he researched the documents from the Second World War to the present day to find evidence of cover-ups and denials of brutality, and the longstanding involvement with torture.
We thank Ian very much for coming from London to speak about this disturbing evidence.
And big thanks to the students of the Chase School for their efficient organisation of this event as well as the refreshments on hand before and after the talk and questions that helped to raise the atmosphere in spite of the shocking nature of the subject.
BARBARA STRUGGLES Castlemorton