European Journal of Migration and Law 8 : 1–8, 2006. © 2006 Koninklijke Brill NV . Printed in the Netherlands. 1 * Kees Wouters is a legal researcher and lecturer at the Institute of Immigration Law of Leiden University, the Netherlands and a Ph.D.-fellow at the E.M. Meijers Institute of Legal Studies, Leiden University, the Netherlands, where he is conducting a Ph.D. research on the different obligations of non- refoulement in international law. 1 Dershowitz, Alan M., Shouting Fire, Civil Liberties in a Turbulent Age (Little, Brown and Company 2002) p. 470. See also Paola Gaeta, “May Necessity Be Available as a Defence for Torture in the Interrogation of Suspected Terrorists?”, Journal of International Criminal Justice , Vol. 2 (2004) p. 786 (note 1). Editorial: How Absolute is the Prohibition on Torture? KEES WOUTERS* Introduction The law is clear: torture is prohibited. Various human rights treaties contain an absolute prohibition on torture and other forms of cruel, inhuman or degrading treat- ment or punishment. States are under no circumstances and for no apparent reason allowed to commit or condone acts of torture. Unfortunately, the reality in many states is different. In fact, ever since the attacks on 11
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