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B6-0051/2006

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CRE 18/01/2006 - 4.3

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P6_TA(2006)0012

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Wednesday, 18 January 2006 - Strasbourg Final edition
Temporary Committee on extraordinary rendition
P6_TA(2006)0012B6-0051/2006

European Parliament decision setting up a temporary committee on the alleged use of European countries by the CIA for the transportation and illegal detention of prisoners

The European Parliament,

–   having regard to the European Union's attachment to the principles of liberty, democracy and respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms and of the rule of law as outlined in the preamble to the Treaty on European Union and notably in Articles 6 and 7 of that Treaty,

–   bearing in mind that, according to the case-law of the Court of Justice of the European Communities, the protection of fundamental rights is also part of the constitutional order of the Community,

–   bearing in mind that protecting human dignity is one of the key objectives of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union, as proclaimed by the institutions on 7 December 2000, and that this fundamental value would be violated were cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment of persons to occur, for whatever reason, under the direct or indirect responsibility of EU Member States and institutions,

–   having regard to its resolution of 15 December 2005 on presumed use of European countries by the CIA for the transportation and illegal detention of prisoners(1) , which, as regards the inquiry pending at the Council of Europe, envisages the need for a temporary committee of the European Parliament to be set up to accompany such an enquiry, particularly as Member States are implicated,

–   having regard to Rule 175 of its Rules of Procedure,

–   having regard to the proposal of the Conference of Presidents defining the remit and the composition of the temporary committee on the alleged use of European Union territory, including acceding, candidate and associate countries, by the CIA or the intelligence services of other third countries for the transportation and illegal detention of prisoners,

1.  Decides to set up a temporary committee with the following remit:

  a) to collect and analyse information to find out whether:
   - the CIA or other US agents or intelligence services of other third countries have carried out abductions, "extraordinary rendition", detention at secret sites, detention incommunicado or torture or other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment of prisoners on the territory of the European Union, including accession and candidate countries, or have used that territory to those ends, for example through flights;
   - such actions, allegedly carried out in the territory of the European Union in the framework of the fight against terrorism, could be considered a violation inter alia of Article 6 of the Treaty on European Union, Articles 2, 3, 5 and 6 of the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, the Charter of Fundamental Rights, the UN Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, the EU-US agreements on extradition and on mutual legal assistance and other international treaties and agreements concluded by the European Union/Community and its Member States, including the North Atlantic Treaty and its related agreements on the status of forces and the Convention on International Civil Aviation;
   - citizens of the European Union or the candidate countries, or any other person entitled to protection from, or otherwise under the jurisdiction of, the EU, the Member States or the candidate countries have been among those involved in or subjected to abductions, "extraordinary rendition" operations, detention at secret sites, detention incommunicado or torture or other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment in the territory of the European Union or elsewhere;
   - Member States, public officials, persons acting in an official capacity or European Union institutions have been involved or complicit in illegal deprivation of liberty of individuals, including abduction, rendition, transfer, detention or torture, either by act or omission;
   b) to submit to the plenary any recommendation that the committee deems necessary in this matter, notably concerning the political, legal and administrative conclusions to be drawn at European level as well as possible consequences for EU relations with third countries;

2.  Decides that the temporary committee will liaise and cooperate as closely as possible with the Council of Europe and its Secretary-General, Parliamentary Assembly and Commissioner for Human Rights and the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, as well as with national parliaments;

3.  Decides that the temporary committee shall present an interim report to Parliament within four months after it has started its work, with detailed proposals on how it will continue its work;

4.  Decides that the temporary committee shall be composed of 46 Members of the European Parliament.

(1) Texts Adopted , P6_TA(2005)0529.

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