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    Der Standard (Vienna): CIA torturers are according to U.S. President Obama not to be prosecuted. Is that decision supportable?

    Prof. Manfred Nowak, U.N. Rapporteur for Torture: Absolutely not. The United States has, like all other Contracting Parties to the UN Convention Against Torture, committed itself to investigate instances of torture and to prosecute all cases in which credible evidence of torture is found.

    Der Standard: In other words, by making this announcement, Obama has violated international law?

    Prof. Nowak: Correct. It is a violation of binding international treaty law in this case, because this is an international law convention — and it provides unequivocally that states are not merely obligated to make torture a crime, but also to prosecute any incidents of which credible evidence can be found.

    No exceptional circumstances whatsoever, whether a state of war or a threat or war, internal political instability or any other public emergency, may be invoked as a justification of torture…

    Each State Party shall ensure that all acts of torture are offences under its criminal law…

    Each State Party shall take such measures as may be necessary to establish its jurisdiction over the offences…

    …authorities shall take their decision in the same manner as in the case of any ordinary offence of a serious nature under the law of that State…

    Each State Party shall ensure that any individual who alleges he has been subjected to torture in any territory under its jurisdiction has the right to complain to and to have his case promptly and impartially examined its competent authorities…

    and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment

    "I am confident that we're going to be able to leave the Gulf Coast in better shape than it was before." Barack Obama

    by quagmiremonkey on Sun Mar 10, 2013 at 09:20:34 AM PDT

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