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Published:August 28th, 2009 19:43 EST
Rendition Program to Continue Under Obama`s Watch

Rendition Program to Continue Under Obama`s Watch

By SOP newswire2

On Monday, the Obama administration made the disappointing announcement that it would continue the Bush administration practice rendition -- the practice of kidnapping individuals suspected of terrorism and rendering them to other countries to be detained or interrogated -- but that it will monitor all cases to ensure that suspects are not mistreated.

As a party to the U.N. Convention Against Torture, the U.S. is under an absolute obligation not to commit torture or to facilitate its occurrence. By instituting a rendition program that relies on flimsy diplomatic assurances, " the Obama administration is turning its back on U.S. obligations under the U.N. Convention.

The administration`s announcement forms part of the Justice Department`s new recommendations on the interrogation and transfer of individuals. The newly revamped rendition program would rely on assurances from the receiving country " to prevent torture. These so-called diplomatic assurances " -- written guarantees from the receiving state that a person would not be subject to torture -- are not a new concept. They were also employed by the Bush administration in the universally condemned extraordinary rendition" program and proved singularly ineffective in preventing individuals from being tortured after transfer.

A rendition program with diplomatic assurances " as its centerpiece will be ineffective at preventing torture. We urge the administration to uphold its absolute obligation to prevent torture. Any transfer it engages in must fully comply with domestic and international human rights law. Anything less will mark a return to the unlawful extraordinary rendition " program.

>>Learn more about the ACLU`s work to end extraordinary rendition.

>>Learn more about the ACLU`s work to defend human rights.