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

174 Pages Posted: 21 Dec 2010 Last revised: 26 Dec 2010

Naureen Shah

Human Rights Institute, Columbia Law School

Date Written: December 20, 2010

Abstract

"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.

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

Suggested Citation

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

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