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U-N Torture Investigator Warns on Rights of Terror Suspects - 2001-10-17


The United Nations Special Investigator on Torture, Nigel Rodley, says governments may unfairly deny rights to refugees and asylum seekers in their efforts to curb terrorism.

Mr. Rodley (speaking in Geneva) expressed particular concern about deportation of terror suspects to countries in which torture is practiced by police or other officials.

He asked that countries deporting suspects obtain guarantees against the use of torture from the countries to which suspects are sent.

He also said countries could try suspects rather than deport them.

Mr. Rodley, a British law professor, has announced his resignation from the U-N torture post, to which he was appointed in 1993.

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