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Arar, a Canadian citizen, was travelling home to Canada from visiting relatives in Tunisia in 2002. While changing planes in New York City's JFK airport, he was detained by U.S. authorities and then secretly transferred to SYRIA, where he was held for a year and tortured.
Released without charge, he was allowed to return to Canada, and the Canadian government issues an apology. However, the U.S. government failed to apologize or offer Arar any form of remedy—despite its obligation to do so under the UN Convention Against Torture and other human rights treaties.
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by David Cole, who represented Maher Arar in his federal lawsuit on behalf of the Center for Constitutional Rights.