EU Report Cites CIA Violations

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

EU Report Cites CIA Violations

The Associated Press reports:
European lawmakers said Wednesday they had discovered a "widespread regular practice" of human rights violations by the CIA in Europe. The lawmakers said they had documented a series of incidents in which terror suspects were kidnapped by the CIA in Europe, or handed over to the agency by European officials in violation of human rights treaties.

They said they had also found that the CIA has conducted more than 1,000 undeclared flights over European territory since the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks — some carrying suspected terrorists to countries where they could face torture

... "After 9/11, within the framework of the fight against terrorism, the violation of human and fundamental rights was not isolated or an excessive measure confined to a short period of time, but rather a widespread regular practice in which the majority of European countries were involved," said Italian lawmaker Giovanni Claudio Fava, who drafted the report.

The CIA declined to comment on the report.

... Secret stopovers in Europe en route to countries where suspects could face torture, and extraordinary renditions of detainees would breach the continent's human rights treaties.

As of late December, some 100 to 150 people have been seized in "renditions" involving taking terror suspects off the street of one country and flying them to their home country or another where they are wanted for a crime or questioning.

... Data showed that CIA planes made numerous stops on European territory that were never declared, violating an international treaty that requires airlines to declare the route and stopovers for planes with a police mission, Fava said.

"The routes for some of these flights seem to be quite suspect. .... They are rather strange routes for flights to take. It is hard to imagine ... those stopovers were simply for providing fuel," he said.

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