Background Briefing

Human Rights Watch Report To The Canadian Commission Of Inquiry Into
The Actions Of Canadian Officials In Relation To Maher Arar

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Report Submitted By Wendy Patten
U.S. Advocacy Director[*]

June 7, 2005


Pre 9/11 Renditions

U.S. Rendition Practice since 9/11

U.S. Legal Obligations

Diplomatic Assurances

Pending U.S. Legislation on Renditions to Torture



* This report was co-authored by Wendy Patten, U.S. Advocacy Director, and Noya Shamir, Consultant to Human Rights Watch. The authors would like to thank Julia Hall and Dinah PoKempner of Human Rights Watch for their invaluable contributions to this report.