Saudi torture judgment must not undermine international torture ban

JUSTICE, Amnesty International, REDRESS & INTERIGHTS respond to the European Court of Human Rights’ judgment in Jones v UK

After more than ten years of litigation, the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) has today told three British men that they cannot sue Saudi Arabia or its officials for torture they claim they were subjected to in its prisons. A fourth victim died before the case was decided.

In response to the ECtHR’s judgment in Jones v UK, Angela Patrick, Director of Human Rights Policy at JUSTICE said:

“By lending support to the UK strike-out the Court risks sending a misleading message that the universal international prohibition on the most heinous of crimes lacks teeth. The UK Government – and the international community – must act. Uncertainty cannot mean impunity.”

Read the joint interveners’ press release (14 January 2014)