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Sweden: UN experts find violation of torture ban for involvement in CIA rendition

On 10 November, the UN Human Rights Committee concluded that Sweden violated the prohibition against torture under the International Covenant of Civil and Political Rights by being involved in the transfer from Sweden to Egypt by CIA operatives of Mohammed Alzery, an Egyptian asylum seeker suspected of involvement in terrorist activities. The Committee found that diplomatic assurances provided by Egyptian authorities had been insufficient to eliminate the risk of torture. In May 2005, the UN Committee Against Torture concluded in a similar case that Sweden violated the Convention against Torture by transferring another Egyptian, Mustafa Kamil Agiza, to Egypt despite the risk of torture.

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