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U.S., Key Allies, Snubs UN Ban On Disappearances

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posted on Feb, 7 2007 @ 12:59 AM
In a controversial move, U.S., Germany, Spain, Britain and Italy did not sign the treaty which initiated by France in the convention at the U.N. General Assembly in November and was adopted last December. U.S. was involved in drafting the treaty but that the final text did not meet U.S. expectations." convention defines forced disappearances as the arrest, detention, kidnapping or "any other form of deprivation of freedom"
PARIS -- Nearly 60 countries signed a treaty on Tuesday that bans governments from holding people in secret detention, but the United States and some of its key European allies were not among them.

"Our American friends were naturally invited to this ceremony; unfortunately, they weren't able to join us," French Foreign Minister Philippe Douste-Blazy told reporters after 57 nations signed the treaty at his ministry in Paris.

McCormack declined comment on whether the US stance was influenced by the administration's policy of sending terrorism suspects to CIA-run prisons overseas, which Bush acknowledged in September

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I wonder what is considered to be the cause of U.S. "reservations" in the part of the text. No further comments as the U.S. declined to elaborate.

For the European nations that have not signed but expressed support for the treaty, they sighted constitutional hurdles or at least some requirements such as full Cabinet debate before signing.

I am not sure on whether this move will really solve the problem of "disappearances"
Once every nation has signed, there will still be no guarantee that it will be enforced IMO. We don’t really know how far this Government secret stuff goes. It’s vague.

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