The UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms while countering terrorism, Mr. Ben Emmerson Q.C., was brought to Toronto by the Canadian Civil Liberties Association on Friday October 19th, 2012, where he gave the keynote address and attended CCLA’s conference on the ‘social costs’ of national security.
The Special Rapporteur also gave several media interviews, including this one regarding the illegalities and dangers of any US return to the use of waterboarding. It is the position of the Special Rapporteur that waterboarding constitutes torture, which is illegal in international law as is the use of any information procured from waterboarding. To read the interview, click here.
Mr. Emmerson gave the Keynote Address at CCLA’s Conference “The Social Cost of National Security: Assessing the Impact of Global Counter-Terrorism on Canadian Society”, held in partnership with the Canadian Arab Institute, and hosted by the International Human Rights Program at the University of Toronto.
>> Click here to read the live blog from the conference
>> Click here to read more about the conference, including a list of speakers and panels
>> Click here to listen to Ben Emmerson speak on CBC’s As it Happens