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Countering Terrorism Without Torture

Extraordinary Rendition

This practice refers to the transferring of persons to, or placing them into the custody of, countries where there is a substantial likelihood that they will face torture. There is a substantial body of reports of transfers to Egypt, Jordan, Syria, Thailand, Qatar, Uzbekistan and to US bases in Guantanamo Bay and Afghanistan. Reports suggest that the practice has also been used to transfer persons to US military bases and CIA prisons in foreign countries. Not only is torture a consequence of such transfers, but increasingly there is evidence that the transfers to such locations are undertaken with a view to, using torture and other illegal interrogation techniques to gather evidence in the 'war on terror'.

These transfers rarely occur without the acquiescence, collaboration, assistance or support of third countries. If such countries stop such cooperation, the extraordinary renditions programme will ultimately fail.

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