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UN Experts Release Study on Secret Detention

A 222-page study will be presented to the UN Human Rights Council in March on the use of secret detention throughout the world, the UN News Service reports. The experts state conclusively that secret detention is a clear violation of international law and international humanitarian laws, even in time of armed conflict or states of emergency.

The year long study used information provided by 40 states and 30 individuals (or their lawyers or family members) who were victims of secret detention. The study focuses on the use of secret detention in relation to counter-terrorism, but notes that this is not a unique context and secret detention has been utilized in other endeavors such as the Nazi regime and the USSR forced labor camps. The study says that the use of secret detention is prevalent, even despite unequivocal illegality.

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