UK: Second statement by Gareth Peirce, lawyer, on the men arrested

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Link (pdf) First, Statement from the solicitors of foreign nationals today arrested by police say they do not know where their clients are being held. Ten foreign nationals who the Home Office says pose a threat to national security have been detained in the UK, pending deportation. Comments by Gareth Peirce on Tony Blair's 12 point terrorism plan (pdf) Prime Minister's 12 point plan The UN Special Rapporteur on Torture, Manfred Nowak, said such deportations would breach international human rights law: "If there is a substantial risk in a certain country like Algeria, Jordan, Egypt, etc., then diplomatic assurances cannot be used... If a country usually and systematically practices torture, then of course they would deny they were doing it because it is absolutely prohibited. So they can easily give diplomatic assurances, but they are worth nothing."

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