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Rights groups denounce torture transfers

United Press International | May 12, 2005

A consortium of human rights groups called Thursday for the global end of transferring suspects for interrogation to countries where torture is condoned.

The statement from the eight groups expressed alarm governments in Europe and North America are increasingly sending terrorism suspects to abusive states based on diplomatic assurances of humane treatment.

"The international legal ban on torture and other ill-treatment is absolute and prohibits transferring persons -- no matter what their crime or suspected activity -- to a place where they would be at risk of torture and other ill-treatment," the statement said. "No exceptions are allowed, even in time of war or national emergency."

The statement was released by Amnesty International, Association for the Prevention of Torture, Human Rights Watch, International Commission of Jurists, International Federation of Action by Christians for the Abolition of Torture, International Federation for Human Rights, International Helsinki Federation for Human Rights and World Organization Against Torture.

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