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Profile: Madeleine Ree

 
  

Positions that Madeleine Ree has held:

  • UN High Commissioner for Human Rights in Bosnia-Herzegovina


 

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Madeleine Ree actively participated in the following events:

 
  

January 18, 2002      Torture in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere

       Bosnian police turn five Algerians and a Yemeni over to US authorities, hours before they are to be released. The men were acquitted by Bosnia's Human Rights Chamber after the United States had refused to provide evidence in court that the men were tied to al-Qaeda (see January 17, 2002). US soldiers whisk the men off from their Sarajevo prison cells and fly them to Guantanamo Bay. According to Karen Williams, a spokeswoman for the US embassy in Sarajevo, the whole operation was lawful. “The Bosnian government opted to deport some of its citizens,” she says, “and the US said it would accept them.” [BBC, 1/22/2002; Washington Post, 5/11/2004; CNN, 1/18/2004] However, according to Rasim Kadic, a former head of BiH's antiterrorist task force, his government had no choice. “We had to practically sign them away. The presence of US soldiers here is a guarantee for Bosnia for a long time to come, and we have to pay a price.” [New York Times, 10/22/2004] Others are less understanding. The representative of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights in BiH, Madeleine Rees, is highly critical of the US and BiH governments, saying: “This was an extrajudicial removal from sovereign territory.” An official said the Human Rights Chamber was “outraged.” “It was a scandal. The Americans invented the chamber, they came up with the goals—such as the rule of law and human rights—and then they tell the Muslim-Croat Federation government not to care. This undermines everything the Americans do, and everything they financed.” [BBC, 1/22/2002]
People and organizations involved: Rasim Kadic, Karen Williams, Madeleine Ree
          

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