U.N. says CIA torture report must spur global action

Ban Ki-moon said more must be done to counter extremism and political parties that target Muslims

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has said a U.S. Senate report detailing brutal CIA interrogations of terror detainees should spur a global discussion on how the international community can stamp out torture, according to the Associated Press.

The U.N. chief said at a news conference Wednesday that the report shows torture is still taking place in many parts of the world.

Ban also said more must be done in 2015 “to counter extremism and the rise of far-right political parties that target minorities, migrants and in particular Muslims.”

Ban commended the release of the Senate Intelligence Committee report, which details techniques from simulated drowning to improvised enemas.

U.S. President Barack Obama has described the techniques as torture, though others disagree.

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[With AP]