Roberts Claim US v Mexico US Mexican General Claims Commission

Henry Roberts was arbitrarily and illegally arrested by Mexican authorities, who held him prisoner for a long time in contravention of Mexican law, and subjected him to cruel and inhuman treatment throughout the entire period of confinement.

The test is, broadly speaking, whether aliens are treated in accordance with ordinary standards of civilisation. We do not hesitate to say that the treatment of Roberts was such as to warrant an indemnity on the ground of cruel and inhuman imprisonment