House reaffirms torture ban

House reaffirms torture ban

[JURIST]The US House of Representatives voted Wednesday to ban the use of federal money to transfer terror suspects to countries where prisoners can be tortured. The amendment, part of the $81.4 billion emergency spending package [House bill; JURIST report] for combat and reconstruction in Iraq and Afghanistan, was approved 420-2 and reaffirms the United States' 1994 ratification of a 1987 treaty [Convention Against Torture text] effectively banning torture of detainees in American custody, whether in the United States or being held in another country. The amendment was passed in the wake of allegations that the US government has secretly sent many detainees to foreign countries to be tortured for information. AP has more.