Beware the Gift of Poison Fruit - Sharing information with States that torture (2014)

In November 2013, the APT hosted a group of experts to consider the practical and legal implications for the sharing and use of torture-tainted information by executive agencies. The experts were asked to consider whether and how standards for the use of information obtained by torture could be adopted, to guide State behaviour in complying with international standards.

Among the questions asked, were:

  • What is the problem with police, security and intelligence agencies receiving and using torture-tainted information, or sharing information with States that torture?
  • How should we respond to the ‘moral dilemma’, whereby rejecting information could undermine attempts to prevent terrorism?
  • Does the executive use of torture-tainted information, or sharing information which leads to torture, violate international law?