• Press Release

New Details of Majid Khan’s Torture Highlight Need for Re-opening of Department of Justice Investigation

June 2, 2015

Today, Reuters published for the first time de-classified information detailing the CIA’s torture of Guantanamo detainee Majid Khan. According to the Reuters report, some of the newly declassified details of Majid Khan’s case are allegations of sexual abuse including touching, which were not included in the Senate Intelligence Committee report on CIA torture released in December 2014.

In response, Naureen Shah, director of Amnesty International USA’s Security and Human Rights Program, issued the following statement:

“The horrific abuses brought to light today must be answered for. It is inconceivable that these allegations of heinous and torturous acts could have been unknown to the U.S. government until recently. If that truly is the case, it only underscores the Department of Justice’s obligation to reopen and expand its investigations into CIA torture.”

Amnesty International USA is calling on the Justice Department to explain whether it had access to this evidence and evaluated these allegations during its previous reviews and investigations of CIA torture and secret detention.

The human rights group is also reiterating its call on the Justice Department to reopen and expand investigations into the crimes of torture and enforced disappearances committed in the CIA’s secret detention program from 2002 to 2008.