President Obama is known for advocating human rights around the world and by not releasing the report it is calling into question his ethics about human rights in relation to the US and their practices.
According to Reuters, n an open letter issued in Geneva, the seven investigators and academic legal experts, said publication of the report by a Senate committee would be welcomed by victims of torture and their supporters everywhere.
Among some of the signatories were the world body’s special rapporteurs for torture and for freedom of expression.
“As a nation that has publicly affirmed its belief that respect for truth advances respect for the rule of law, and as a nation that frequently calls for transparency and accountability in other countries, the United States must rise to meet the standards it has set both for itself and others,” the open letter declared.
The Senate committee have spent a total of four years investigating claims into waterboarding and other CIA practices used against terrorism suspects during the administration of former president George W. Bush.
It had been expected that the final report into this and human rights violations would be issued in April.
However, the document has not yet been published, and according to Reuters this is largely due to CIA demands that it be edited to obscure names and patterns of behaviour that were crucial “in the system of violations that needs to be understood and redressed,” the open letter said.
“Victims of torture and human rights defenders around the world will be emboldened if you take a strong stand in support of transparency,” the investigators told President Obama.
“On the contrary, if you yield to the CIA’s demands for continued secrecy on this issue, those resisting accountability will surely misuse this decision to bolster their agenda in their own countries,” the seven added.
The only American in the group was David Kaye, who was a former State Department lawyer and a university professor in California who is widely regarded as a special rapporteur on freedom of expression for the U.N. Human Rights Council.