UK minister: UN should focus less on rights of terrorists

[JURIST] UK Home Secretary Charles Clarke [official profile] Wednesday denounced a statement issued by the UN's Special Rapporteur on Torture [official website] Manfred Nowak urging the UK to refrain from deporting Islamic radicals [JURIST report] for fear that they will face torture by their home countries. In an interview with Great Britain's ITV News, Clarke said, "The human rights of those people who were blown up on the Tube in London on July 7 are, to be quite frank, more important than the human rights of the people who committed those acts." British police have detained ten suspected radicals set for deportation and the country is currently negotiating with Middle Eastern and North African nations to create bilateral agreements that promise "humane and proper" treatment of the exiles. Manfred Nowak [UN profile] has argued that these agreements do not provide a complete guarantee against torture [press release], but Clarke said the planned deportation proceedings [JURIST report] will start in the near future. CNSNews has more.

 

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