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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

, N° d'index: IOR 61/025/2005

In this document Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and the International Commission of Jurists, call upon member states of the Council of Europe, and the Council of Europe as an institution, to reject any proposals to establish minimum standards for the content and use of diplomatic assurances against the risk of torture or other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment. The organizations consider that the elaboration of such standards (and reliance on diplomatic assurances) is incompatible with the states' obligations and the aims and principles of the Council of Europe to prevent torture and other ill-treatment.

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