Alleged Transportation & illegal detention of prisoners in European countries by the CIA- follow-up of the EP TDIP Committee report:
- extracts from the report by Hélène FLAUTRE (Greens/EFA, FR)
Lieu: Strasbourg, France - European Parliament
End production: 10/09/2012 First transmission: 10/09/2012
EU member states must investigate whether there were secret prisons or facilities on their territory where people were held under the CIA's secret rendition programme in the early years of this century, says a draft non-legislative resolution to be voted on Tuesday. Lithuania, Poland, and Romania in particular are in encouraged to open, or resume, independent investigations.
"Research by the UN, the Council of Europe, national and international media, investigative journalists and civil society has brought to light new information on the location of secret CIA detention sites in Europe, rendition flights through European airspace, and persons transported or detained", says the report, drafted by Hélène Flautre (Greens/EFA, FR).
EU states "have stated their willingness to abide by international law but until now have not properly fulfilled the positive obligation incumbent upon all member states to investigate serious human rights violations connected with the CIA programme", MEPs say.
MEPs are concerned about the obstacles encountered by national parliamentary and judicial investigations into some member states' involvement in the CIA programme. These include "lack of transparency, classification of documents, prevalence of national and political interests (...) lack of rigorous investigative techniques and of cooperation" they say.
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||SOUNDBITE (French) Hélène FLAUTRE (Greens/EFA, FR), Rapporteur: "Member states have been active of passively in complicity of torture, forced disappearances and secret transports. Over the last 9 months I have been able to measure member states intentions to mask the truth, their lack of political will and the primacy of national interests, the abusive use of state secrecy, a lack of transparency, limitation of victim's rights and those of their lawyers... Member states imagination is without limits".
||SOUNDBITE (French) Hélène FLAUTRE (Greens/EFA, FR), Rapporteur: "The European Parliament has taken a decisive step forward to shake out national judiciaries from their state of denial, which they've been in for the last 11 years. By these recommendations to member states, to the Council, to the Commission, the Parliament expresses its clear wish that everything needs to be done to guarantee that there should be rigorous, independent, transparent enquiries into what has happened and who is responsible. Victims need justice".
||SOUNDBITE (French) Hélène FLAUTRE (Greens/EFA, FR), Rapporteur: "We now can adopt relevant recommendations, in particular vis-à-vis Poland, Lithuania and Romania, the three countries are currently facing the European Court of Human Rights, because there are allegation of secret torture and further violations of human rights".
||SOUNDBITE (English) Vivianne REDING, Commissioner: "The Commission has always stressed that it is for the member states concern not only to comment but also to continue in-depth independent and impartial investigations to establish the truth. And this is a positive obligation driving from the European Convention on Human Rights in order to establish responsibilities and to enable the victims to obtain compensation for such damages. And that's also why you have quoted the Court which is taking these questions on its table".
||SOUNDBITE (English) Baroness Sarah LUDFORD, from AFET EP Committee: "I firmly believe the truth will eventually out, even if it takes decades. But justice delayed is justice denied. The Council and Commission must join the Parliament in forcing sunlight on this terrible period, such in by supporting the UN special Rapporteurs".
||SOUNDBITE (English) Sophia in 't VELD (ALDE): "What ahs happened cannot be justified. If the same acts had been committed by other countries, let's say Arab countries, then we would have full room here. Then, the Council would be here, and we would be very quick to condemn those actions. But because they have been committed with the support of European countries, we do not feel that we have to answer to the world. Well we have lost moral authority and we have lost credibility".
||SOUNDBITE (English) Sophia in 't VELD (ALDE): "This is not about one country or another. There is a collective responsibility we have here. This is not about Romania, is not about Lithuania, it's not about any other European country. It is about a community of values. And we have a duty, as the European Parliament, we will not forget, we will keep raising this issue until people have been held to account over human right's violations that were committed in our name".
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