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Univ. of San Diego School of Law

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

"UN expert urges US to publish report on Bush-era detention, rendition program"

The story is at Jurist:

The UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms while countering terrorism Ben Emmerson [official profile] called Monday on the US government to publish the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence[official website] report detailing investigations into the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) [official website] secret detention and interrogation program during the Bush presidency. According to the report [text, PDF] submitted to the UN Human Rights Council, there is evidence of the CIA operating clandestine detention facilities known as "black sites," in a number of countries including Lithuania, Morocco, Poland, Romania and Thailand. In addition, the report claims that the officials of at least 49 other nations allowed their airspace or airports to be used for extraordinary renditions [JURIST news archive] carried out by the CIA.The Special Rapporteur urged those countries accused of allowing CIA "black sites" "to establish (or where applicable, to re-open) effective independent judicial or quasi-judicial inquiries into credible allegations that secret CIA "black sites" were established on their territories." In January 2009 the Obama administration passed an executive order prohibiting the use of secret detention, torture and other forms of prisoner abuse.

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