Promises to Keep: Diplomatic Assurances Against Torture in US Terrorism Transfers

Naureen Shah

Human Rights Institute, Columbia Law School

December 20, 2010

"Diplomatic assurances" are promises not to torture. The US and other traditionally rights-respecting governments have sought these assurances when sending detainees, usually terrorism suspects, to foreign authorities known for torture. This report, the culmination of several years of research by the Human Rights Institute, presents the evolving evidence and jurisprudence of assurances. Without taking a position on whether assurances can work, it describes elements that are necessary to make assurances plausible: judicial review, public scrutiny, and systematic monitoring.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 174

Keywords: diplomatic assurances, torture, Special Immigration Appeals Commission, non-refoulement, rendition, repatriation, Guantanamo, summary removal, deportation, extradition, detainees, Afghanistan, National Directorate of Security, security certificates, torture preventing, monitoring, judicial review

JEL Classification: K30, K33

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Date posted: December 21, 2010 ; Last revised: December 26, 2010

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Shah, Naureen, Promises to Keep: Diplomatic Assurances Against Torture in US Terrorism Transfers (December 20, 2010). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1728895 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1728895

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