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CRE 10/10/2013 - 9.4

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further to Questions for Oral Answer B7‑0215/2013 and B7‑0216/2013

pursuant to Rule 115(5) of the Rules of Procedure

on alleged transportation and illegal detention of prisoners in European countries by the CIA (2013/2702(RSP))

Timothy Kirkhope, Charles Tannock on behalf of the ECR Group

European Parliament resolution on alleged transportation and illegal detention of prisoners in European countries by the CIA (2013/2702(RSP))  

The European Parliament,

–   having regard to the statements made by the Commission on the need for the Member States concerned to conduct investigations into allegations of involvement in the CIA rendition and secret detention programme,

–   having regard to the EU statement made on 7 March 2011 at the 16th session of the Human Rights Council regarding the UN joint study on secret detention,

–   having regard to President Obama’s executive order of January 2009 ordering the closure of the detention centre at Guantánamo Bay within one year,

–   having regard to the various initiatives and ongoing investigations at national level,

–   having regard to the conclusions of the national inquiries already conducted in some Member States,

–   having regard to the DG IPOL note entitled ‘The results of the inquiries into the CIA’s programme of extraordinary rendition and secret prisons in European states in light of the new legal framework following the Lisbon Treaty’,

–   having regard to the questions to the Council and to the Commission on alleged transportation and illegal detention of prisoners in European countries by the CIA (O‑00079/2013 – B7-0215/2013 and O-000080/2013 – B7-0216/2013),

–   having regard to Rules 115(5) and 110(2) of its Rules of Procedure,

A. whereas the EU is founded on a commitment to democracy, the rule of law, human rights and fundamental freedoms, and respect for human dignity and international law;

B.  whereas several Member States have held or have begun to hold inquiries as to accusations over their involvement in the transportation and illegal detention of prisoners in European countries by the CIA;

C. whereas the EU has developed internal security and counter-terrorism policies based on police and judicial cooperation and the promotion of intelligence-sharing; whereas respect for fundamental rights and the rule of law and effective democratic parliamentary oversight of intelligence services are important elements of such cooperation;

D. whereas EU-US relations are based on a strong partnership and on cooperation in many fields, including the fight against terrorism, on the basis of the common shared values of democracy, the rule of law and fundamental rights;

E.  whereas, on 22 January 2009, President Obama signed three executive orders banning torture during interrogations, establishing an inter-agency task force to conduct a systematic review of detention policies and procedures and a review of all individual cases, and ordering the closure of the Guantánamo Bay detention facility;

1.  Reiterates that effective counter-terrorism measures and respect for human rights are not contradictory, but complementary and mutually reinforcing, aims; points out that respect for fundamental rights is an essential element in successful counter-terrorism policies;

2.  Stresses that Member States have stated their willingness to abide by international law;

3.  Encourages Member States, where possible, to conduct independent and effective inquiries into human rights violations;

4.  Acknowledges that Member States’ investigations should be based on solid judicial evidence and on respect for national judicial systems, EU and international law, the principle of subsidiarity in matters of national security, and the sensitivities of possible ongoing criminal investigations;

5.  Calls on the Member States, in the light of the increased cooperation and exchange of information between Member States and third countries, to ensure democratic scrutiny of those agencies and their activities through appropriate internal, executive, judicial and independent parliamentary oversight;

6.  Reaffirms that the international fight against terrorism, and bilateral or multilateral international cooperation in this area, including as part of NATO or between intelligence and security services, must be conducted with full respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms and with appropriate democratic and judicial oversight;

7.  Urges the Council to work as openly and cooperatively as possible, both with Parliament and among its Members States;

8.  Instructs its President to forward this resolution to the Council, the Commission, the European Ombudsman, the governments and parliaments of the Member States, the candidate states and the associated countries, the Council of Europe, NATO, the United Nations and the Government and two Houses of Congress of the United States.

Last updated: 4 September 2013Legal notice