UN torture expert claimed Chelsea Manning had been tortured


A top UN official has accused the US of torturing Chelsea Manning as the trans activist refused to testify against WikiLeaks. Manning, a former army intelligence officer, has been subjected to “an open-ended, progressively severe measure of coercion fulfilling all the constitutive elements of torture”, the UN expert said. She was detained on 16 May after refusing to testify before a grand jury and is currently being held at the Alexandria detention centre in Virginia. The jury term expires next November, but Manning could be free before that if she agreed to testify. Nils Melzer, the UN special rapporteur on torture, leveled accusations of torture at the US in a letter he released on New Year’s Eve, though it was written a month before. The letter also asks that the US provide grounds for Manning’s ongoing imprisonment and fines, “especially after her categorical and persistent refusal to give testimony demonstrates the lack of their coercive effect.”


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