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UK: New agreement with Lebanon on deportation of terrorist suspects

On 23 December 2005, the UK signed an agreement with Lebanon that no one deported by the UK to Lebanon will be subject to ill-treatment. This follows the signing of similar agreements with Jordan in August and Libya in October. At a two-day gathering in Beirut, human rights organizations from the Middle East and North Africa agreed that these agreements should be rejected as they undermined the absolute prohibition of torture.