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Monday, January 16, 2006

Europe: CIA renditions are illegal

The Scotsman ran a story Saturday that isn't getting much play in the US:
US policies in the war on terror are contravening international laws on human rights, a top European investigator says.

"The strategy in place today respects neither human rights nor the Geneva Conventions," said Dick Marty, the head of a European investigation into alleged CIA prisons in Europe.

"The current administration in Washington is trying to combat terrorism outside legal means, the rule of law."

Marty, a Swiss politician leading the probe on behalf of the Council of Europe, said there was no question that the CIA was undertaking illegal activities in Europe in its transportation and detention of prisoners.
The Council of Europe is a 46-member state organization that was established to "defend human rights, parliamentary democracy and the rule of law" and now casts itself as "the guardian of democratic security."

In short, they take the question of law quite seriously.

The US has observer status.

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