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Russian Federation: Committee Against Torture criticizes secret detention, torture and disappearances in Chechnya
In its concluding observations on the Russian Federation released on 29 November, the Committee against Torture (CAT) expressed concern about allegations of unofficial places of detention in the North Caucasus and of torture or cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment practiced in those facilities. It also called on the Russian Federation to take all necessary measures […]
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 […]
USA: UN experts finds secret detentions and renditions to be in violation of Torture Convention
On 9 May, the UN Committee against Torture examined the United States’s periodic report under the Convention against Torture and concluded that any secret detentions and renditions of terrorist suspects would violate the Convention against Torture and called for the closure of the Guantánamo Bay detention centre.
Sweden: UN experts criticize refoulement to Egypt
The UN Committee against Torture (CAT) held that Sweden violated the principle of non refoulement by transferring to Egypt Mustafa Kamil Agiza who was suspected of involvement in terrorist activities. The Committee said because the practice of torture is widespread in Egypt he was at risk of torture despite Egypt’s diplomatic assurances. The Committee also […]
Canada: UN experts criticize refoulement practices for terror suspects
The UN Committee against Torture (CAT) expressed concerns at the willingness of Canadian authorities to resort to immigration procedures to remove or expel suspected terrorists to countries where they face the risk of torture. Concerns also include the blanket exclusion of terror suspects from the process of assessing their refugee claim and the Supreme Court’s […]
Bahrain: Counter-terrorism law reduces safeguards against torture
The UN Committee against Torture (CAT) expressed concern about the broad definitions of terrorism and terrorist groups and the erosion of judicial safeguards against torture in a proposed counter-terrorism law in Bahrain. The ICJ made a written submission to the CAT about the draft law.