Europe parliament panel adopts CIA secret prisons report Brett Murphy at 3:43 PM ET
[JURIST] A European Parliament (EP) [official website] special committee adopted a report [EP press release, DOC] Tuesday alleging that some EU nations knew about CIA activity in Europe including the existence of secret flights and CIA-operated secret prisons [JURIST news archive]. The European Parliament committee on CIA activities in Europe (TDIP) [official website] concluded according to an EP press release that "over one thousand CIA-operated flights used European airspace from 2001 to 2005 and temporary secret detention facilities 'may have been located at US military bases' in Europe" and criticized "the passivity of some Member States in the face of illegal CIA operations." The report will be presented to the full EP for a vote in February. AP has additional coverage.
Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] said Tuesday in a new briefing paper [materials] that some of the same EU nations have not complied with international standards to uphold the worldwide ban on torture. HRW said the EU nations had relied on false "diplomatic assurances" when returning suspected terrorists to high-risk countries. Reuters has more.
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