UN Special Rapporteur Raises Torture Violations in Counter-Terrorism War

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Saturday, January 1, 2005
Bruce Zagaris
On September 1, 2004, Mr. Theo van Boven, the Special Rapporteur of the United Nations Commission on Human Rights, in a report called attention to the need to adhere to the absolute and non-derogable prohibition of torture and other forms of cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, as well as the principle of non-refoulement. While the report diplomatically shied away of specifying the instances of alleged torture, it seemed to refer in several cases to issues concerning the U.S. war on terrorism. The report is the sixth made to the General Assembly by the Special Rapporteur of the Commission on Human Rights on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment. Mr. Van Boven presented the report pursuant to General Assembly resolution 58/164 and Commission resolution 2004/41. It covers issue of special concern to the Special Rapporteur, especially overall trends and developments with respect to issues coming within his mandate...[more]