11/09/2013 - Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights Nils Muiznieks urged member states to take political and judicial initiatives to lift the shroud of secrecy over the US Central Intelligence Agency’s (CIA) extraordinary rendition program, in a comment published Wednesday.
Muiznieks suggested that September 11 may give rise to solemn reflection not only of the approximately 3,000 lives lost in the massive terror attacks waged in the US twelve years ago today, but of the anti-terrorist response adopted by the US and Europe in the aftermath of the attacks.
In his words, “To date, governments have been unwilling to establish the truth and ensure accountability for their complicity in the unlawful programme of ‘extraordinary renditions’ – involving abduction, detention and ill-treatment of suspected terrorists – carried out by the CIA in Europe between 2002 and 2006. In many cases, an abuse of the state secrets privilege hampered judiciary and parliamentary initiatives to determine responsibility.” read more>>>
11.09.2013 - Human Rights Commissioner Nils Muiznieks has criticised Poland – as well as a number of other countries – for the sluggish handling of investigations into alleged CIA renditions as part of Washington’s “war on terror” last decade.
The commentary, which falls on the twelfth anniversary of the attacks on New York’s World Trade Center, turns the table on European governments “which have been unwilling to establish the truth and ensure accountability” for their role in the CIA’s programme of “extraordinary renditions”.
Muiznieks refers to an Open Society report published in February 2013, which claims that 25 European countries cooperated with the US agency during 2002-2006 in its programme of arresting and transporting suspected terrorists. read more>>>