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Extraordinary Rendition, the Canadian Edition: National Security and Challenges to the Global Ban on Torture La rendition extraordinaire, l'édition canadienne: sécurité nationale et dé s à l'interdiction globale de la torture Rendición extraordinaria, versión canadiense: la seguridad nacional y los retos de la prohibición internacional de la tortura

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Since the September 11th terrorist attacks in the United States, concerns that counter-terrorism laws and practices are directly and indirectly causing human rights violations have mounted. Much of the international focus has been on the United States. This paper highlights, however, that it is a debate with a truly global dimension. The author examines particular concerns that Canadian law enforcement and security agencies may have been complicit in the imprisonment and torture abroad of Canadian citizens who were of interest in the context of national security investigations. The cases are situated in the wider debate about torture that has emerged worldwide in recent years, and argues that any move to create exceptions to the absolute prohibition of torture, enshrined in numerous international treaties, would lead to both injustice and insecurity. Depuis le 11 septembre les attaques terroristes aux Etats-Unis, les soucis que les lois et les pratiques contre-terroristes entraînent directement et indirectement des violations de droits de l'homme montent. En grande partie, le regard international reste sur les Etats-Unis. Cet article accentue, cependant, que c'est une discussion dans une dimension véritablement globale. L'auteur examine des intérêts particuliers que les agences canadiennes d'application de loi et de sécurité ont pu avoir été complicit dans l'emprisonnement et la torture des citoyens canadiens qui étaient d'intérêt dans le contexte des investigations de sécurité nationale. Les cas sont situées au cours de la discussion plus large au sujet de la torture qui apparait dans le monde entire ces dernières années, et arguent du fait que tout mouvement de créer des exceptions à la prohibition absolue de la torture, enchâssée dans de nombreux traités internationaux, mènerait à l'injustice et à l'insécurité. Desde los ataques terroristas en Estados Unidos del II de Septiembre, crece la preocupación de que las leyes y prácticas antiterroristas producen directa e indirectamente violaciones de derechos humanos. El principal foco de atención han sido los Estados Unidos. Los puntos principales de esta ponencia re ejan que se trata de un debate con verdadera dimensión internacional. Su autor examina particularmente la posible complicidad de las autoridades canadienses en la captura y tortura internacional de ciudadanos canadienses. Estos casos se sitúan en el más amplio debate sobre la tortura que se viene desarrollando internacionalmente en estos años y la ponencia argumenta que cualquier tendencia a crear excepciones a la prohibición absoluta de la tortura, contenida en numerosos tratados internacionales, conducirá a la vez a la injusticia y a la seguridad.

Affiliations: 1: Amnesty International Canada, Ontario, Canada


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