UN investigator on U.S. abuses in Afghanistan: out

M. Cherif Bassiouni, a professor of law at DePaul University in Chicago who was the UN Human Rights Commission’s independent expert for Afghanistan, released a 21-page report last week, accusing U.S. military forces and civilian contractors of “engaging in arbitrary arrests and detnetions and committing abusive practices, including torture.” He had been expecting a routine two-year renewal of his mission; instead he was told April 29 his job is over. He suspects U.S. lobbying as the cause. (NYT, April 30, via Guerilla News Network)

As the Pacifica Radio coverage points out, the move comes–perversely–on the one-year anniversary of the leak of the Abu Ghraib torture photos.

See our last blog post on the still-unfolding torture scandal.