Extraordinary rendition

Rights and Justice post 9/11

Lecture 11 Monday March 21 2011 PEACE ST 2B03 / LABR ST 2W03 / WOMEN’S ST 2A03: Human Rights and Social Justice Dr Colin Salter, Centre for Peace Studies, McMaster University


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What is rendition? Torture or inhuman(e) treatment? Social & future implications?


Article 5

No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.


UN Convention against torture

torture means any act by which severe pain or suffering, whether physical or mental, is intentionally inflicted on a person for such purposes as obtaining from him or a third person information or a confession...



UN Convention against torture

No exceptional circumstances whatsoever, whether a state of war or a threat or war, internal political instability or any other public emergency, may be invoked as a justification of torture.


UN Convention against torture

No State Party shall expel, return ("refouler") or extradite a person to another State where there are substantial grounds for believing that he would be in danger of being subjected to torture.


Extraordinary rendition

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Enemy combatant ‘torture by proxy’


Matt Lauer & GW Bush

MSNBC, September 10 2006


Escalation is the rule, not the aberration.
David Luban (2007)


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Rewriting or reinterpretations of laws Selective application Human Rights abuses International law breaches


For Wednesday
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Is torture inevitable in war? What are some of the social characteristics that influence this?


For Thursday

What are some of the ways in which we can diminish the use of torture around the world?


Citations & further reading
David Luban (2007) ‘Liberalism, Torture, and the ticking bomb’, in S. P. Lee (ed.), Intervention, Terrorism, and Torture: Contemporary Challenges to Just War eory, Dordrecht: Springer. pp. 249– 262. United Nations Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment h p://www.hrweb.org/legal/cat.html UnIted Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights h p://www.un.org/events/humanrights/udhr60/hrphotos/declaration%20_eng.pdf


Image sources
Mike Konopacki. 2000. ‘If there was justice in the world‘, 2000 — http://www.veggies.org.uk/calendar/2000.htm ‘Human Rights Champions’, 2001 — http://invisiblecollege.weblog.leidenuniv.nl/2007/03/11/who-wants-to-be-thenew-human-rights-cha ‘Which do you pet, which do you eat?‘ — http://www.meatout.org/action/outreach.htm Shane T. McCoy, ‘Detainees at Camp X-Ray’, 11 January 2002. Image in the domain image — http:// en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Camp_x-ray_detainees.jpg


Video sources
Matt Lauer Corners Bush on Torture — http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mp4vLBvU1bA


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