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

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Article 5

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

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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...

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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.

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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.

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Extraordinary rendition

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Enemy combatant ‘torture by proxy’

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Matt Lauer & GW Bush

MSNBC, September 10 2006

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

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

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

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For Thursday

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

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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

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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

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

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