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Rights watchdog calls for EU-US relations review over CIA operations

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Rights watchdog calls for EU-US relations review over CIA operations


Resolved to bring about a review of bilateral military relations with the US, Swiss Senator Dick Marty, investigating on behalf of Europe’s top human rights watchdog, the Council of Europe, has kept up criticism. He has reiterated assertions that European nations colluded with US intelligence in what he called a “spider’s web” of secret flights and detention centres that violated international human rights law.

At the 46-nation Council’s Parliamentary Assembly in Strasbourg, he presented findings published earlier this month, saying: “Yes or no? People in Europe were handed over outside all judicial procedure, to United States agents, to be sent to countries where it is known that torture is practised, or transported to Guantanamo..? The answer is Yes.”

EuroNews asked EU Justice Commissioner Franco Frattini if he thought the European Union’s Member States needed reform within their own secret services.

He said:

“I believe that the prime minister should have a stronger power of coordination, he should be the real political authority of the secret services. There also ought to be parliamentary control. In some countries, such as mine, this already exists. I believe this should extend to the financial resources, since knowing what the financing of the secret services is for allows us to know their activity.”

Frattini also said there was currently no irrefutable evidence of CIA wrongdoing or of collusion by
European governments in violating international human rights laws, but that the Council’s findings warranted further investigation.

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