Amnesty International has condemned the recommendation of yesterday’s UK Home Office review of counter-terrorism and security powers that supports and seeks to extend the use of diplomatic assurances in order to return individuals to countries where they risk being tortured. The findings and recommendations of the UK Home Office counter-terrorism review were announced before Parliament by Theresa May, the Home Secretary, on 26 January.
The UK Home Office review of six key counter-terrorism and security powers, including the use of diplomatic assurances to deport people accused of terrorism-related activity, rejected submissions from human rights organisations, including Amnesty International, that such ‘no torture’ promises from governments of countries where torture and ill-treatment are systematic or widespread are inherently unreliable and do not sufficiently protect against torture and other ill-treatment.
Amnesty International deplores the UK’s continued reliance on diplomati...
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