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President Donald Trump slammed by UN official over torture support

British UN official Ben Emmerson lashed out at US President Donald Trump for his controversial comments defending torture procedures at Geneva

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Geneva, March 4, 2017:  Today a UN official stated, the defence of torture that President Donald Trump has been promoting has set a precedent for other countries to follow, even if the US refrains from acting on it.

UN rights rapporteur Ben Emmerson told reporters in Geneva, “Trump’s support for waterboarding and other such techniques shows a staggering level of ill-preparedness to govern. We are in a situation where we have the first ever democratically elected head of state in the world who positively advocates torture.”

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According to PTI report, He also said, “And that is a state of affairs which lays down a gauntlet, it lays down a precedent. It enables other states to point… And to say well … Why shouldn’t we?”

Days after his inauguration, Trump said days he believes waterboarding and other techniques which are widely seen as torture “absolutely” work, but whether to reinstate them or not would defer to his CIA and Pentagon chiefs.

Emmerson said, “That statement in itself, never mind whether it is implemented, in itself, has undermined the international prohibition on torture.”

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He also managed to add that it has thereby “elevated the risk that suspects will be tortured producing unreliable, often useless intelligence,” and the risk of terrorism has been increased in response.

Emmerson, the UN’s rapporteur on guarding rights and freedoms while countering terrorism, had lashed out at Trump in a speech yesterday.

To hear the new US leader “glibly extolling the virtues of torture as a weapon in the right against terrorism… Was enough to make my blood run cold,” he said, “It shows a staggering level of ill-preparedness to govern.

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Emmerson feels the Re-introduction of waterboarding “for reasons of jingoistic populism” would “fuel the resentments that stoke the risk of terrorism.” He added, “All this leaves one wondering whether lasting progress in this field is ever going to be possible.”

The British UN official was interacting with media at the 34th session of the UN Human Rights Council which is currently underway in Geneva.

– prepared by Durba Mandal of NewsGram. Twitter: @dubumerang

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US House of Representatives to Vote in April to Reinstate Net Neutrality Rules Repealed under Trump

Republicans oppose reinstating the 2015 rules that grant the FCC sweeping authority to oversee the conduct of internet providers

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FILE - Net neutrality advocates rally in front of the Federal Communications Commission ahead of a vote to repeal net neutrality rules in Washington, Dec. 13, 2017. VOA

The Democratic-led U.S. House of Representatives will vote in April on a bill to reinstate landmark net neutrality rules repealed by the Federal Communications Commission under President Donald Trump.

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer of Maryland said in a letter to colleagues on Thursday, seen by Reuters, that lawmakers would vote on the “Save the Internet Act” during the week of April 8.

The bill mirrors an effort last year to reverse the FCC’s December 2017 order that repealed rules approved in 2015 that barred providers from blocking or slowing internet content or offering paid “fast lanes.”

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Republicans oppose reinstating the 2015 rules that grant the FCC sweeping authority to oversee the conduct of internet providers. VOA

The reversal of net neutrality rules was a win for internet providers like Comcast Corp., AT&T Inc. and Verizon Communications Inc., but opposed by content and social media companies like Facebook Inc., Amazon.com Inc.
and Alphabet Inc.

The bill would repeal the order introduced by FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, bar the FCC from reinstating it or a substantially similar order and reinstate the 2015 net neutrality order.

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The Senate, which is controlled by Republicans, voted in May 2018 to reinstate the rules, but the House did not take up the issue before Congress adjourned last year. VOA

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Republicans oppose reinstating the 2015 rules that grant the FCC sweeping authority to oversee the conduct of internet providers.

The Senate, which is controlled by Republicans, voted in May 2018 to reinstate the rules, but the House did not take up the issue before Congress adjourned last year. The White House opposes reinstating the net neutrality rules and it is not clear that proponents will be able to force a vote in the Senate.  (VOA)