UN rights official says US stonewalling probes into CIA rendition claims

[JURIST] Martin Scheinin [official profile], UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and Counterterrorism, said Tuesday that US officials have been stonewalling investigations into allegations that the Central Intelligence Agency [official website] flew terrorism [JURIST news archive] suspects through Europe to countries where they could be tortured [JURIST news archive]. Scheinin expressed concern that as a result of US reluctance to cooperate with investigators it could take several years to determine the truth of the allegations.

Members of a European Union [official website] delegation investigating the practice known as rendition [JURIST news archive] also complained of a lack of cooperation [JURIST report] from the State Department [official website] during its visit to Washington last week. The EU visit was part of a European Parliament inquiry [official website] into whether European countries were involved in clandestine CIA prisons [JURIST report] or flights moving suspected terrorists. Reuters has more.

 

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