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Rights groups file lawsuit over CIA rendition flights in France

[JURIST] The International Federation for Human Rights [advocacy website] and the League of Human Rights have filed a lawsuit in French court seeking more information about whether the US Central Intelligence Agency [official website] operated prisoner rendition [JURIST news archive] flights that landed in France. The European rights groups are reacting to reports that CIA flights have landed at two French airports [JURIST report] since 2002. France's foreign minister has said that there were "civilian flight plans" for two flights, but the country's defense minister has said that French airports were "apparently not" used by the CIA [JURIST report]. The two groups say they want to emphasize the responsibility of French authorities and have the incidents investigated and those responsible prosecuted [press release, in French]. BBC News has more.

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