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'Extraordinary Renditions', Diplomatic Assurances And The Principle Of Non-Refoulement

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As first Chairperson of the United Nations Committee against Torture, Joseph Voyame contributed more than anybody else to the shaping of the Committee's practice in the State reporting, individual complaints and inquiry procedures. The prohibition of refoulement was first enshrined in Article 33 of the Geneva Refugee Convention of 1951. According to this provision, no Contracting State "shall expel or return a refugee in any manner what so ever to the frontiers of territories where his life or freedom would be threatened on account of his race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group or political opinion". The CAT-Committee dealt with this controversial issue in the well-known cases of Attia and Agiza v. Sweden. The very purpose of the principle of non-refoulement is to prevent that a person is subjected to torture if returned to another country known for its torture practices.

Keywords: CAT-Committee; non-refoulement



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