You would think that someone that calls for the killing of innocent civilians would be welcome everywhere
U.N. rights expert warns Britain on deportations
Aug 23, 2005
GENEVA (Reuters) - A United Nations human rights expert urged Britain on Tuesday not to deport foreign Moslem militants to countries suspected of using torture and dismissed assurances that they would not be mistreated as meaningless.
Manfred Nowak, the U.N.'s Special Rapporteur on Torture, said most countries to which any militant might be sent had already signed international pacts outlawing torture, and so asking for guarantees of fair treatment added nothing.
The British government, which is under pressure to take a tough line against hardline Islamists after the bloody July bombings in London which killed 52 people, plans to deport foreign militants it considers a threat to national security.
On August 11 Britain detained 10 people, including the alleged spiritual leader of al Qaeda in Europe, Jordanian cleric Abu Qatada, whom it said it would deport.
It says it has received assurances from a number of governments, including Jordan, that the deportees will not be tortured or mistreated if sent home.
"Such memoranda of understanding ... do not provide any additional protection for the deportees," Nowak said in a statement.
"The special rapporteur calls on governments to observe the principle of non-refoulement scrupulously and to not expel any person ... where they run a serious risk of torture and ill treatment," he added.
The British move reflects a worrying tendency on the part of European states to try to get round their international obligations on refoulement -- the returning of refugees to face possible political repression, Nowak said.
He did not list countries his office suspected of mistreating detainees, but said that by announcing that it had sought assurances from a country or countries, a government was effectively saying that there were grounds for concern.
Although he mentioned no other cases, the U.N. Committee against Torture in May accused Sweden of breaking international law by extraditing an Egyptian Islamist in December 2001 even though he was at "real risk" of torture.
Sweden also said that it sought and received assurances that Ahmed Hussein Agiza would not be mistreated before sending him back to face trial on charges of committing violent acts against the Egyptian government.
but but it is a relgion of peace i cannot believe their Islamic brothers would torture or otherwise mistreat them
Here is one of the guys that the un is so concerned about
Jordanian cleric Abu Qatada:
British authorities believe Abu Qatada inspired the lead Sept. 11 hijacker, Mohamed Atta, and he is suspected of having links with radical groups across Europe. He has been named in a Spanish indictment as "supreme leader at the European level of the mujahedeen," or Islamic fighters.
Eighteen videotapes of Abu Qatada's sermons were found in a Hamburg, Germany apartment used by three of the Sept. 11 hijackers, according to the British government.
Weeks after the attacks, Abu Qatada railed publicly against "corrupt" Western governments and spoke of his "respect" for bin Laden. The U.S. Treasury Department named him as a terrorist supporter and froze his assets.