Justice and home affairs - 19-01-2006 - 12:53

Investigation into transport and illegal detention of prisoners in Europe by CIA - committee membership approved

EP investigates alleged CIA detention centres

Do CIA detention centres exist in Europe? Has the CIA been using European airports to transport terrorist suspects to places where they could face torture? These are two questions that lie at the heart of a new temporary committee set up by the Parliament . The cross-party committee of 46 MEPs will also examine whether European governments knew about these alleged practices - and if EU citizens have been involved.

MEPs agreed on Thursday the membership of the temporary committee of the European Parliament to investigate allegations of the transport and illegal detention of prisoners by the CIA in European countries. Parliament voted on Wednesday to set up the committee.

The temporary committee's mandate will be to collect and analyse information to find out:

- whether the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) or other US agents or intelligence services of other third countries have carried out abductions, "extraordinary rendition", detentions at secret sites, torture, inhuman or degrading treatment of prisoners on EU territory or in acceding or candidate countries, or have used this territory to these ends, for example by through flights to or from such countries;

- whether such actions, which would have been carried out as part of the fight against terrorism, could be considered a violation of Article 6 of the EU Treaty, of certain provisions of the European Convention on Human Rights, of the Charter of Fundamental Rights and of other international treaties and agreements, including EU-US agreements on extradition;

- whether EU citizens or the candidate countries, or any other person entitled to protection from the EU have been detained;

- whether EU Member States or institutions have been involved or have been complicit in the illegal deprivation of the liberty of individuals.

Parliament also states that the temporary committee will liaise and cooperate "as closely as possible" with, inter alia, the Council of Europe, the European Commissioner responsible for human rights, the UN Commissioner for Human Rights and with national parliaments. It also states that the committee should submit an interim report within four months after it starts work.

Under Rule 175 of its Rules of Procedure, the European Parliament may set up a temporary committee at any time. The mandate runs for a maximum of twelve months, unless Parliament decides to extend it.

Members of the Temporary Committee:

EPP-ED group
Frederika BREPOELS (DE)
Carlos COELHO (PT)
Simon COVENEY (IE)
Giorgos DIMITRAKOPOULOS (EL)
Camiel EURLINGS (NL)
Patrick GAUBERT (FR)
Jas GAWRONSKI (IT)
Ewa KLAMT (DE)
Barbara KUDRYCKA (PL)
Miroslav MIKOLÁŠIK (SK)
José Ignacio SALAFRANCA SÁNCHEZ-NEYRA (ES)
György SCHÖPFLIN (HU)
Ursula STENZEL (AT)
Charles TANNOCK (UK)
Anders WIJKMAN (SE)
Karl von WOGAU (DE)
Jan ZAHRADIL (CZ)

PES group
Monika BENOVÁ (SK)
Giovanni Claudio FAVA (IT)
Toomas Hendrik ILVES (ET)
Magda KÓSÁNÉ KOVÁCS (HU)
Wolfgang KREISSL-DÖRFLER (DE)
Stavros LAMBRINIDIS (EL)
Claude MORAES (UK)
Józef PINIOR (PL)
Martine ROURE (FR)
Inger SEGELSTRÖM (SE)
Hannes SWOBODA (AT)
María Elena VALENCIAN MARTÍNEZ-OROZCO (ES)
Jan Marinus WIERSMA (NL)

ALDE group
Alexander Nuno ALVARO (DE)
Ignasi GUARDANS CAMBÓ (ES)
Sophia in 't VELD (NL)
Baroness Sarah LUDFORD (UK)
Cecilia MALMSTRÖM (SE)
Janusz ONYSZKIEWICZ (PL)

Greens/EFA group
Kathalijne Maria BUITENWEG (NL)
Cem ÖZDEMIR (DE)

GUE/NGLgroup
Giusto CATANIA (IT)
Sylvia-Yvonne KAUFMANN (DE)

IND/DEM group
Miroslaw Mariusz PIOTROWSKI (PL)
Boguslaw ROGALSKI (PL)

UEN group
Eoin RYAN (IE)
Konrad SZYMANSKI (PL)

Non attached members
Philip CLAEYS (BE)
Gianni DE MICHELIS (IT)



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