This video says about itself:
Transferring to Torture: Canada, Human Rights, and Detainees Part 1
Professor Micheal Byers analyzes the role of the Canadian Armed Forces in Afghanistan, and how it violated the Geneva Convention against torture.
And here is the Part 2 video.
From CBC in Canada:
MacKay knew of Afghan detainee concerns: diplomat
Document debate rages in Parliament
Last Updated: Wednesday, March 31, 2010 | 11:30 PM ET
Cory Anderson, a former senior political adviser to Canada’s provincial reconstruction team in Kandahar, said he briefed MacKay several times between 2007 and last year.
“We would talk about issues that we were concerned about in terms of what we would characterize as mission killers — and this was one of them,” Anderson told MPs at a special committee studying the Afghan mission.
He said he had no specific allegations of prisoner abuse to pass on because before 2007, Canada had no way of tracking the people it handed over to Afghan authorities. However, there were general worries about torture.
Anderson said despite a lack of hard evidence of torture, senior civilians and military brass in Ottawa were “fully aware of the plausible risk of abuse” of prisoners handed over to the Afghan National Directorate of Security, or NDS.
He said he did brief officials, including MacKay, about the problems of the NDS, which he described as duplicitous and open to manipulation by politically powerful people behind the scenes.
“It’s common knowledge amongst senior officials, civilian and military, the behaviour of the NDS when it comes to how they react to certain pressures placed upon them by tribal elders or people of influence throughout Kandahar.”
He said in hindsight, it was probably a bad decision for Canada to work with the NDS in the handling of detainees.
Even though the present system allows for tracking Canadian detainees in Afghan custody and provides for unannounced spot checks of their condition, the NDS remains an unsavoury partner. Canada would probably have been better off to find another partner to handle the detainees it captured, he said.
“I wish I would have been a little bit more vociferous trying to come up with alternatives, given the knowledge that we had about the NDS as an institution,” Anderson said.
There were suggestions that the international force should set up its own prison, or explore ways for the Afghan army to handle detainees but nothing ever came of those ideas.
Debate over documents
Meanwhile Wednesday, Justice Minister Rob Nicholson argued that Parliament has no authority to demand unfettered access to documents related to the alleged torture of prisoners handed over to Afghan authorities by Canadians soldiers.
He rejected the opposition parties’ contention that the government has breached parliamentary privileges by ignoring a Dec. 10 order, passed by the House of Commons, to produce the uncensored documents.
Not Just Guantanamo: U.S. Torturing Muslim Pre-Trial Detainee in New York City: here.