Tuesday 6 December 2016

Defeating terrorism is not about abandoning human rights for the sake of expediency

Colm O’Gorman

Published 25/07/2016 | 17:46

'Defending the deportation decision, Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality Frances Fitzgerald told this newspaper that the State has a right to protect its citizens' Photo: Gerry Mooney
'Defending the deportation decision, Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality Frances Fitzgerald told this newspaper that the State has a right to protect its citizens' Photo: Gerry Mooney

On July 4, the High Court granted the Irish authorities permission to deport a man suspected of terrorism in spite of the very real risk that he would be tortured if returned to Jordan.

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The subsequent deportation of this man, who cannot be named for legal reasons but is known as WS, is troubling on many fronts.

Firstly, it represents a serious and deeply worrying departure from the Irish State's attitude toward the absolute ban on torture.

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