23 May, 2013

Extraordinary Rendition - new material

Strasbourg, 07.06.2006 – Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly rapporteur Dick Marty today revealed what he called a global “spider’s web” of CIA detentions and transfers and listed seven Council of Europe member states who could be held responsible, in varying degrees, for violations of the rights of named individuals by colluding in these operations.


Writing in The Guardian 22nd May 2013, Ian Cobain and James Ball draw attention to new research showing that UK support for the CIA's global rendition programme after the September 11 terrorist attacks on the US was far more substantial than has previously been recognised - see UK provided more support for CIA rendition than thought - study.

Evidence gathered by The Rendition Project – an interactive website that maps thousands of rendition flights – highlights 1,622 flights in and out of the UK by aircraft now known to have been involved in the agency's secret kidnap and detention programme.

The CIA's use of UK airports was first reported by the Guardian in September 2005.   Jack Straw,  then foreign secretary,
dismissed the evidence, telling MPs in December that year that "unless we all start to believe in conspiracy theories and that the officials are lying, that I am lying, that behind this there is some kind of secret state which is in league with some dark forces in the United States … there simply is no truth in the claims that the United Kingdom has been involved in rendition."

Other material:

Further background information, by Ian Cobain and James Ball, is at The Guardian 22nd May - New light shed on US government's extraordinary rendition programme 

In 2005, Liberty pressed for an investigation into allegations that British airports were used for rendition flights - Chief Constable begins Police inquiries into extraordinary rendition flights.  However, in 2007, Liberty referred to the findings as 'whitewash' - here.

Liberty - links to items about Extraordinary Rendition

The Council of Europe has undertaken investigation in this area - see the very useful chronology at 'The Council of Europe investigations into illegal transfers and secret detentions in Europe.'  (Regrettably, a number of the hyperlinks in this no longer operate).

Jonathan Hafetz - The importance of the European Court's ruling against extraordinary rendition which refers to the European Court of Human Rights judgment in El-Masri v Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.  In El-Masri the court held that breaches of Articles 3, 5, 8 and 13 had occurred.

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