Today Due Process published the report ‘Not worth the paper they’re written on: The unreliability of assurances in extradition cases‘, written by Emily Barley.
This report explains how and why ‘assurances’ in European Arrest Warrant cases from EU member states with systemic problems leading to human rights violations are not safe or reliable.
Assurances are given by requesting authorities when concerns over the potential for human rights violations have been raised. These assurances give promises over the conditions the individual will be detained in, or other kinds of treatment they will receive.
Unfortunately these assurances are frequently broken, as the countries involved are unable to fulfill their promises or else never intended to. The problem is compounded by the absence of any kind of official monitoring system, and there are no consequences for EU member states who break the assurances they have given.
This report concludes that extraditions should be halted to countries with systemic problems leading to human rights violations, the UK authorities should begin to monitor compliance with assurances, and extraditions to countries which break assurances should be halted.
To find out more, download the full report: ‘Not worth the paper they’re written on: The unreliability of assurances in extradition cases‘.