NYU Global Justice Clinic Engages the UPR Process to Seek U.S. Commitment to Compensate those Secretly Detained and Tortured by the CIA

The Global Justice Clinic and the Human Rights Institute at Columbia University are asking foreign states to insist that the United States meet its international legal obligations to compensate those it secretly detained and tortured as part of the CIA’s rendition, detention, and interrogation (RDI) program.

At least 119 individuals were detained by the CIA in its RDI program, which involved secret, incommunicado detention, often for prolonged periods. Thirty-nine individuals are acknowledged to have been subjected to the “enhanced interrogation” techniques that President Obama and the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence have admitted were brutal abuses in violation of international law.  Notwithstanding the institutionalized abuse or these admissions, no compensation has been granted to any of those the United States has tortured and secretly detained.

To confront this failure and in anticipation of the United States’ Universal Periodic Review by the Human Rights Council this May, the Global Justice Clinic and the Human Rights Institute are calling on foreign government representatives to emphasize the United States’ international legal obligations to compensate those it tortured.

On March 25 and 27, the Global Justice Clinic will discuss this issue with foreign government representatives during dialogue sessions between civil society organizations and representatives of foreign states engaged in the Universal Periodic Review of the United States.