UN rights chief condemns abuses in terror fight, urges adherence to torture ban
JURIST - Paper Chase: UN rights chief condemns abuses in terror fight, urges adherence to torture ban:
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour denounced human rights abuses committed during the war on terror Friday, urging governments to give terror suspects a fair trial and reminding them of the 'absolute ban on torture' in remarks to the UN Human Rights Council (HRC). In her statement, Arbour said:International law requires that the prohibition of torture be ensured by active measures: in addition to not engaging in acts of torture themselves, states have a positive obligation to protect individuals from exposure to torture. No cogent argument, whether normative or empirical, has been advanced to support a departure from the torture prohibition in the fight against terrorism. Whatever its asserted effectiveness, torture delegitimizes State action to the point where the State can no longer assert its moral authority.Arbour added 'the reported existence of secret detention centers where suspects are held incommunicado, is also of grave concern.'