Daily archives: June 29, 2006

EU members urged to admit to CIA renditions

From The Guardian (June 28, 2006)

‘ States under pressure to come clean on complicity

‘ Rights watchdog proposes new national security laws

More than a dozen European governments yesterday came under severe pressure to own up to their secret services’ role in handing over suspected terrorists to US intelligence after Franco Frattini, the EU justice commissioner, admitted for the first time that European territory had been used for “extraordinary renditions”.

As the Council of Europe, Europe’s leading human rights watchdog, voted to continue its inquiry into CIA secret flights, Terry Davis, the secretary general, proposed laws to control national security services and revised safeguards on the use of civil and military aircraft.

Mr Frattini’s intervention came as parliamentarians voted overwhelmingly to approve a report by Liberal Swiss senator Dick Marty that “named and shamed” 14 European states, including Britain, Germany and Sweden, and watched a video containing direct testimony on secret detention and torture from two survivors.


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