Secret detention may amount to crime against humanity: UN experts

AFP
Thursday, January 28th, 2010

UN human rights experts warned on Wednesday that “widespread and systematic” secret detention of terror suspects could pave the way for charges of crimes against humanity.

In their first in-depth global study on the practice, the experts said the practice had spread to almost all regions of the world and was continuing.

The study, which is due to be submitted to the UN Human Rights Council in March, listed 66 states that have been involved in secret detentions, mainly over the past nine years.

In spite of international norms protecting individual rights, “secret detention continues to be used in the name of countering terrorism around the world,” the report added.

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