Background Briefing


Reject Rather than Regulate

Call on Council of Europe member states not to establish minimum standards for the use of diplomatic assurances in transfers to risk of torture and other ill-treatment

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An absolute prohibition

Concerns expressed by international and regional human rights monitoring bodies and experts 

Distinct from diplomatic assurances in death penalty cases

Post-return monitoring mechanisms are inherently problematic

Visits cannot replace the need for extensive, system-wide measures to prevent torture and other ill-treatment

Requesting human rights and humanitarian organizations to perform selective monitoring 

Diplomatic assurances have a proven record of failure


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