China accuses US of ‘horrifically’ torturing detainees at ‘black sites’

China has slammed the United States for horribly torturing prisoners at its notorious “black sites” in allied foreign countries, insisting that Washington has no right to criticize another country for human rights abuses. the man.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said on Friday that the US spy agency CIA has set up secret sites in many countries under the guise of its “war on terror” and secretly holds ” terrorists” accused and extracted confessions from them by torture.

“However, to date, no US official has been held responsible for conceiving, authorizing or implementing the secret detention and torture program,” Zhao added.

“Facts speak louder than words,” Zhao stressed at his regular press conference, noting that black American sites around the world make it clear that Washington has no right to point fingers at any other country in the name of democracy and human rights.

“What the United States should do is immediately abolish its black sites around the world, give serious thought to its crimes, apologize and compensate victims, and hold accountable those who have authorized and practiced torture.” , Zhao added.

His remarks came after the UK-based company Guardian The daily cited a recently declassified US government report to uncover last month that a detainee at a secret CIA detention site in Afghanistan was used as a living prop to teach trainee interrogators, who lined up to butt heads. his head took turns against a plywood wall, leaving him with brain damage.

Zhao went on to reiterate that the US government has gone even further to cover up and deny its crimes and human rights violations, adding that in 2020, after the chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) noted that US troops and the CIA may have committed war crimes with prisoner abuse in Afghanistan, Washington imposed sanctions and imposed visa restrictions on several ICC officials, including its chief prosecutor.

During the briefing, the Chinese official also warned of the implications of Russia’s suspension from the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) for its military operation in Ukraine.

He stressed that Beijing was opposed to the “politicization and instrumentalization” of human rights, warning against a “selective” approach to the issue.

Meanwhile, in 2021, after the UN Committee Against Torture found CIA black sites to be plagued by torture, the US government refused to release the relevant information, citing confidentiality.

“The infamous Guantanamo Bay, Bagram prison in Afghanistan and Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq are embroiled in prisoner abuse scandals, with the use of brutal and gruesome ‘enhanced interrogation techniques’, including including waterboarding and sleep deprivation,” the Chinese foreign ministry said. official also pointed out.

Zhao further criticized Washington’s foreign-based black sites as “typical examples of the United States’ violation of the rule of law and violation of human rights.”

He said the Costs of War Project 2022 report by US-based think tank Brown University’s Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs also noted that following the 9/11 incidents, US authorities had orchestrated a system of black sites in at least 54 countries and regions around the world.

More than 100,000 people have been held captive at the infamous sites, including Muslims, women and children, news reports have widely confirmed, noting that US taxpayers spend nearly $540 million a year just to detain prisoners at the military base and Guantanamo detention center.