ICJ deplores deferral of discussion of secret detention study by


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Geneva, 04 March 2010

The ICJ today expressed its disappointment at the decision by the UN Human Rights Council to defer on flawed procedural grounds the discussion of a global study documenting secret detention, torture and enforced disappearances in the name of counter-terrorism in some 80 countries around the world.

 “The study is a lurid account of gross human rights violations and crimes, which have served to erode the rule of law in countries around the world. It provides compelling

evidence of the crisis in human rights and accountability in counter-terrorism demanding urgent attention.” said the International Commission of Jurists.

The report was ready for discussion at the 13th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council. It raised high expectations of victims around the world and the global human rights community that the preeminent human rights body of the United Nations would take robust action to stop secret detention and to ensure their right of victims to remedy and reparation.

Instead the Human Rights Council engaged in a debate about mandates and procedures

following which it deferred the report for a later discussion. The ICJ considers that there is no question but that this report falls flatly and fully within the mandates of the four Special Procedure mechanisms that elaborated it.

Those mechanisms – the Special Reporter on torture, the Special Reporter on Counterterrorism and Human Rights, the Working Group on Enforced and Involuntary Disappearances, and the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention – have been able to  address secret detention effectively and in a comprehensive and integrated way.

The ICJ is concerned, moreover, that this deferral constitutes another in a line of

continuous attempts by states at the UN Human Rights Council to limit and undermine the independence of its special procedures and independent mandates. These mechanisms are among the most important elements of the universal protection system.  They need strong support, not be weakened by political bickering.

For more information, please contact Lukas Machon (+76 3454065) or Gerald Staberock at the ICJ (+41 229793803 or +41 793775446).

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  1. Are you telling me that countries in the United Nation’s Human’s Right Council are creating hurdles in addressing the problem of secret detentions? This certainly seems to be the intent if the discussion on the report was postponed.

    What could I say other than that this just goes on to show that a majority of the governments’ in the UN Human Rights Council are either directly responsible for these violations or they are ready to support other countries who do it.

    Has anybody heard the phrase ‘State Terrorism” before?

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