13.07.12 - EU governments should apologise collectively for continuing to turn a blind eye to CIA rendition sites on their soil, according to a key European Parliament committee
Speaking after the Parliament's Justice and Civil Liberties committee backed her report by 50 votes to 2 with 5 abstentions earlier this week, Helene Flautre, a French Green MEP, criticised governments for having "not properly fulfilled their obligation under international law to investigate serious human rights violations connected with the CIA programme".
The CIA's extraordinary rendition programme, where terrorist suspects were transferred by plane to secret detention centre, was launched by the Bush administration as part of the "war on terror" following the September 11 attacks. Over 1,000 CIA flights are estimated to have used European airspace between 2001 and 2005.
Eleven EU countries - Germany, Sweden, Spain, Ireland, Greece, Cyprus, Denmark, Romania, Italy, Poland, Portugal and Britain - have faced allegations of involvement in extraordinary renditions and secret detention centres used by the US intelligence service. read more>>>