UK/Middle East and North Africa: Memorandums of Understanding and NGO Monitoring: a challenge to fundamental human rights

Index Number: POL 30/002/2006

Governments in Europe and North America are increasingly sending persons who they allege are suspected of involvement in terrorism to places where they risk denial of fundamental human rights, especially freedom from torture and other ill-treatment. Some states have sought and received “diplomatic assurances” (DAs) from the receiving state that transferred individuals would receive humane treatment upon transfer. This document sets out Amnesty International’s opposition to the use of such diplomatic assurances and related MOUs and to the participation by international or local human rights and humanitarian NGOs in the flawed and discriminatory monitoring mechanisms envisaged by the MOUs.

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