Amnesty Urges EU to Investigate Complicity in CIA Crimes

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Published Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Rights group Amnesty International urged the European Parliament on Tuesday to investigate allegations of complicity by the European Union in the CIA’s secret detention, interrogation and torture operations.

The call comes in the wake of a damning US Senate report that showed how the CIA tortured terror suspects which dragged British spy agencies into the spotlight, as Washington's closest partner in the "War on Terror."

"Governments can no longer rely on unsubstantiated 'national security' grounds and claims of state secrecy to hide the truth about their roles in the torture and disappearance of people," said Amnesty counter-terrorism and human rights expert Julia Hall.

"It's time for justice for all those who have suffered the gruesome practices — including waterboarding, sexual assault, and mock executions — that characterized these illegal counter-terrorism operations."

The Senate report did not explicitly name European countries, and London has denied press reports that it asked for mentions of British involvement to be redacted.

However, Amnesty International said its research showed Poland, Romania and Lithuania allowed secret CIA detention sites, and that British agents were involved in torture.

Amnesty International in a new reportpublished on Tuesday accused European governments of cooperating with the CIA’s “secret detention, interrogation, and torture operations” as part of the USA’s global “war on terror.”

Rights group urged European countries to act urgently to bring those responsible to justice following a US Senate report containing new details clarifying that foreign governments were essential to the ‘success’ of the CIA operations.

A parliamentary investigation into allegations of British collusion with the US in torture is due to publish its conclusions at the end of this year, but Amnesty International said the probe was "not independent."

The US report by Democratic senators examined a secret CIA program to capture and interrogate al-Qaeda suspects in secret prisons in allied nations or in the Guantanamo Bay detention center in Cuba.

It found at least 119 prisoners were held in unacknowledged so-called "black sites" — likely in countries including Thailand, Afghanistan and Lithuania — with many subjected to "coercive interrogation techniques, in some cases amounting to torture."

(AFP, Anadolu, Al-Akhbar)

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