Group links 54 countries to CIA campaign vs. terror suspects
New York, NY, United States (4E) – A human rights and democracy advocacy group released Tuesday a report saying 54 countries were involved in the Central Intelligence Agency’s campaign of kidnapping, extraordinary rendition, torture and detention of suspected terrorists.
The Open Society Foundations’ (OSF) report, titled “Globalizing Torture: CIA Secret Detention and Extraordinary Rendition” identified the countries that supported the CIA counterterrorism campaign that victimized at least 136 people as Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Britain, Canada, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Djibouti, Egypt, Ethiopia, Finland, Gambia, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Iceland, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Jordan, Kenya, Libya, Lithuania, Macedonia, Malawi, Malaysia, Mauritania, Morocco, Pakistan, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Syria, Thailand, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan, Yemen, Zimbabwe and even Iran.
The OSF report authored by Amrit Singh said that aside from helping the CIA carry out then U.S. president George W. Bush administration’s tactics of “extraordinary rendition” or transferring of individuals without legal process, secret detention, interrogation and torture, including waterboarding, of alleged extremists, the 54 countries hosted CIA prisons, allowed their airspace for secret rendition flights or provided intelligence.
Iran, which has no diplomatic relations with the U.S., participated by handing over at least 10 mostly Arab suspects to U.S. custody via the Kabul government.
The report called for accountability of the U.S. and the 54 countries for violating human rights and international law.
The OSF also criticized President Barack Obama for still allowing renditions to countries that promised to treat suspects humanely.