GENEVA / SECRET DETENTION

02-Jun-2010 00:01:37
UN Human Rights investigators say secret detention has been invigorated by the so-called war on terror since September 11 and has become a critical problem on a global scale. UNTV
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STORY: GENEVA/ SECRET DETENTION
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SOURCE: UNTV
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH/ NATS

DATELINE: 2 JUNE 2010, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND/ FILE
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1. Exterior Palais des Nations

2 JUNE 2010, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

2. Wide shot, Human Rights Council
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Manfred Nowak, Human Rights Council, Special Rapporteur on Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment:
"The practice of secret detention has stolen years of the lives of victims and has left indelible traces in their existences. However in almost no recent cases have there been any judicial investigations into allegations of secret detention and practically no one has been brought to justice"
4. Med shot, delegates
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Manfred Nowak, Human Rights Council, Special Rapporteur on Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment:
"We - through this study - show that the practice of secret detention in connection with counter-terrorism is widespread and has been re-invigorated by the so-called war on terror. It therefore remains a critical problem on a global scale."
6. Wide shot, delegates
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Shaheen Ali, Vice-Chair, Working Group on Arbitrary Detention:
"We also insist on the necessity for any allegations of secret detention and extra-ordinary rendition to be promptly investigated. These investigations should be made by institutions strictly independent from those that have been accused of being involved in secret detention. Those individuals found to have participated in secretly detaining persons and in any unlawful acts perpetrated during such detention should be prosecuted without delay."
8. Med shot, delegates
9. Pan left, Human Rights Council
STORYLINE
UN Human Rights investigators say that the practice of secret detentions has been invigorated by the so-called war on terror since 11 September 2001, and has become a critical problem on a global scale.

In a report to the Human Rights Council, they describe secret detentions as a violation of international human rights law.

Four legal experts call for its explicit prohibition; the outlawing of undue restrictions on safeguards for detainee rights; prompt investigation of alleged secret detention and "extra-ordinary rendition" and punishment for people involved in detention including superiors who order it.

Presenting the report, Martin Nowak, the Council's Special Rapporteur on Torture said secret detention violates not only the right to personal liberty and the prohibition of arbitrary arrest and detention, but deprives individuals of a fair trial.

In such situations, he added intelligence agencies operate in a legal black hole with little or no oversight or accountability mechanisms.

If resorted to in a systematic manner, Nowak warned, secret detention might reach the threshold of a crime against humanity.

The practice had stolen years of the lives of the victims, he said, and there have been almost no recent judicial investigations and proceedings in alleged cases.

SOUNDBITE (English) Manfred Nowak, Human Rights Council, Special Rapporteur on Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment:
"The practice of secret detention has stolen years of the lives of victims and has left indelible traces in their existences. However in almost no recent cases have there been any judicial investigations into allegations of secret detention and practically no one has been brought to justice"

SOUNDBITE (English) Manfred Nowak, Human Rights Council, Special Rapporteur on Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment:
"We - through this study - show that the practice of secret detention in connection with counter-terrorism is widespread and has been re-invigorated by the so-called war on terror. It therefore remains a critical problem on a global scale."

Shaheen Ali, the Vice-Chair of the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention presented the recommendations.

SOUNDBITE (English) Shaheen Ali, Vice-Chair, Working Group on Arbitrary Detention:
"We also insist on the necessity for any allegations of secret detention and extra-ordinary rendition to be promptly investigated. These investigations should be made by institutions strictly independent from those that have been accused of being involved in secret detention. Those individuals found to have participated in secretly detaining persons and in any unlawful acts perpetrated during such detention should be prosecuted without delay."

These included explicit legislation prohibiting secret and other unofficial detention, the mandatory keeping of detention records and internal and independent inspection of all detention sites.

Families should be given information about their relatives capture, location, legal status and health conditions.

The experts also called for laws to govern the action of intelligence services.

They urged prompt, independent investigation of alleged secret detentions and punishment for perpetrators including superiors if they ÔÇťordered, encouraged or consented to secret detentions.
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