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Two Tunisians Awaiting Release
When the two Tunisians' appeals reach the Board in a few months' time, it is therefore expected that they will be given tolerated-stay status as well.
The two cases have created considerable politic furore, which on Wednesday [ 23 April] led to the appointment of a working group under the Integration Ministry. Among other things, the group will assess the possibility of making diplomatic-assurance agreements with countries that are known to use torture and violate human rights in other ways.
Tunisia most recently refused to make that kind of agreement in February, following a judgment by the European Court of Human Rights on a deportation case. Italy unsuccessfully asked Tunisia for a guarantee that a Tunisian, whom Italy wanted to expel, would not be tortured.
As one international legal expert has said: "What country would certify that it actually employs torture? Because if a country upholds human rights, there would be no need for a special agreement.
Justice Minister Lene Espersen (Conservative Party) was on a trip and unavailable for comment.
Source: Politiken website, Copenhagen, in Danish 26 Apr 08