European parliament members are rightfully ashamed of the US Government’s treatment of Bradley Manning. Manning had released a slew of data through WikiLeaks, and, as a result, has been held for 17 months without a trial and has been tortured.
By preventing UN officials from carrying out their duties, the United States government risks undermining support for the work of the United Nations elsewhere, particularly its mandate to investigate allegations of torture and human rights abuses. In order to uphold the rights guaranteed to Bradley Manning under international human rights law and the US constitution, it is imperative that the United Nations special rapporteur be allowed to properly investigate evidence of rights abuses. PFC Manning has a right to be free from cruel and unusual punishment. People accused of crimes must not be subjected to any form of punishment before being brought to trial.
So, the UN doesn’t have a fabulous track record of stopping human rights abuses efficiently, and it’s nuts that countries like China are on the UN Security Council. However, if the US, the shining star of democracy, doesn’t protect basic human rights and comply with UN investigation, why would we expect anyone else to?