In a statement released on Monday to commemorate the United Nations day of solidarity for victims of torture, Vice President Joe Biden of the United States singled out the “appalling brutality” carried out by Russian authorities both within Russia and within the seized territory of Ukraine.
“Torture damages lives, families, and communities. “Yet, on a daily basis, people all over the world are subjected to this horrifying violation of their human rights and their human dignity,” Biden stated.
He made this claim in reference to “evidence of appalling brutality by members of Russia’s forces” in Ukraine.
“Patterns of abuse included torture to compel cooperation with occupation authorities and during interrogations,” Vice President Joe Biden stated. “This included things like beatings, electrical shock, mock executions, and the use of sexual violence.”
“Reports of torture in places of detention are commonplace in Russia itself, including against political activists and critics of government policies,”
Biden also brought up Syria and North Korea, saying that “tens of thousands of Syrians remain forcibly disappeared and subject to torture, with families often never knowing the fate and whereabouts of their loved ones.” Biden was referring to the situation in Syria. North Korea was also brought up.
According to what Vice President Biden stated, there are “widespread credible reports of torture and other forms of cruel, inhumane, and degrading punishment” carried out by the authorities in Pyongyang. This covers acts of violence against women “such as sexual violence, forced abortion, and forced sterilization.”
Biden made no mention of the years of accusations that US security agencies have been accused of using torture in Iraq, Afghanistan, and at the US military camp in Guantanamo, which is located in Cuba.
On the other hand, he stated that “no country is immune.” As a nation, we are firmly committed to the idea that we, too, ought to hold ourselves to the same high standards that we demand of others.