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HRW calls on European states to cooperate in secret CIA prison inquiries

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Brussels, Jan 9, IRNA
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European governments should cooperate fully with investigations into alleged secret CIA detention centers in Europe and the unlawful transfer of detainees in CIA custody over European soil, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said Monday in an open letter to foreign ministers of member states of the Council of Europe.

The Strasbourg-based Council of Europe's Parliamentary Assembly last November appointed Dick Marty of Switzerland to investigate allegations that the CIA transported illegally detained terror suspects through Europe.

HRW said that government cooperation was necessary for these investigations to succeed in uncovering the truth about unlawful detentions on European soil and the European role in the transfer of detainees to countries with records of torture.

"European governments must treat these Council of Europe investigations with the seriousness they require and deserve," said Holly Cartner, Europe and Central Asia director of HRW, in a statement received by IRNA in Brussels.

"The best way to prevent future CIA abuses on European soil is to investigate the illegal activities that have already occurred," added Cartner.

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