Council of Europe: Ireland, stop US torture flights

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Council of Europe: Ireland, stop US torture flights

Date: 1/6/06 at 5:44PM

From Breaking News Ireland:

Council of Europe backs calls for Shannon flights probe


Europe’s leading human rights body has backed calls for the Irish Government to mount a formal investigation of US military landings at Shannon Airport.
Shannon airport in Ireland
The call comes amid on-going controversy over the US “extraordinary rendition” programme that sees the CIA transporting suspected Islamic militants to secret interrogation centres around the world.

Several people detained under the programme have turned out to be innocent after allegedly being tortured for months in countries like Saudi Arabia and Syria.

Critics claim the CIA is effectively “outsourcing” torture because the practice is banned under US law.

Irish peace activists say planes involved in the programme have landed at Shannon on numerous occasions, but the Irish Government says it accepts US assurances that no prisoners were on board any of the flights.

The Irish Human Rights Commission has said the Government has a duty to conduct a proper investigation rather than simply accepting such assurances.

The 46-nation Council of Europe, set up to safeguard human rights and democracy on the continent, has now backed this stance, saying the issue should concern all Irish people.

See also Indymedia Ireland.

And their update here.

“Rendition” in Poland: here.

And here.

14 thoughts on “Council of Europe: Ireland, stop US torture flights

  1. NC Aero/Torture Probe – Mar4 News & Observer
    Posted by: “” citizen27106
    Tue Mar 13, 2007 11:38 am (PST)

    North Carolina taxpayers foot the bill for the space
    provided to the torture flight contractors.

    3 North Carolina pilots indicted in Germany.

    March 4, 2007


    Aero probe

    Regarding the Feb. 19 article “Pilots accused in CIA rendition case
    traced to Johnston”:

    Aero Contractors might very well perform valuable tasks for the
    CIA. Perhaps its pilots and aircraft support legitimate intelligence
    missions that keep us all safe. Ferrying innocent men to torture
    chambers is not among them.

    Torture is immoral, illegal and ineffective. When the United States
    violates international law, we invite our enemies to do the same and
    thereby jeopardize the men and women risking their lives and striving
    to keep us free.

    The three Johnston County pilots indicted in Germany deserve
    punishment if proved guilty of the crimes alleged.

    Long before these men are tried, the State Bureau of Investigation
    and Gov. Mike Easley must tell the citizens of North Carolina why
    they have stonewalled repeated pleas to investigate Aero
    Contractors — their renegade tenant at the Global TransPark’s
    JetPort in Kinston. Twenty-two legislators have insisted that
    Attorney General Roy Cooper intercede and find out whether our tax
    dollars underwrite torture. A growing list of individuals, as well as
    human rights and faith-based organizations are doing the same.
    We deserve an answer; we demand an investigation.

    Josh McIntyre
    Raleigh | Aero probe

    What you can do:
    Background of North Carolina airports used by Torture Flight Contractors


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