In a comment article published today, the Commissioner for Human Rights has urged Europe’s governments to explain their involvement in the CIA’s secret detention and torture of terrorist suspects.
Commissioner Thomas Hammarberg writes of unanswered questions which relate to Europe’s support for America after the 11 September terrorist attack on the country.
He states : “At the height of the ‘War on Terror,’ Poland, Romania and Lithuania extended quite extraordinary permissions and protections to their American partners – while respecting conditions of total secrecy.
“Today, years later, darkness still enshrouds those who authorised and ran the Black Sites on European territories.”
The Commissioner adds: “The CIA’s partner agencies in various foreign countries – including across Europe – lent their close collaboration. The value of the intelligence produced by this network has been questioned; but one clear result was a pattern of abusive and excessive actions in flagrant violation of human rights.”
“The full truth must now be established and guarantees given that such forms of co-operation will never be repeated. Effective investigations are imperative and long overdue. The purported cost to transatlantic relations of pursuing such accountability cannot be compared to the damage inflicted on our European system of human rights protection by allowing ourselves to be kept in the dark.”
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