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Sunday, December 16, 2012

British Guantanamo detainee to sue UK for defamation.

Published on 14 Dec 2012 : The last British resident held in Guantanamo Bay detention centre is suing the UK intelligence services for defamation. Shaker Aamer has been held without charge or trial for nearly eleven years. He has been cleared for release by the U.S. administration but remains in prison.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Beaten and sodomized: European human rights court finds CIA guilty of torture.

The European Court of Human Rights found the CIA guilty of torturing a terror suspect for the first time ever. A German citizen was illegally detained, tortured and sodomized by a CIA “rendition team’ after being mistaken for an al-Qaeda member.

Beaten & Sodomized: CIA found guilty of torture by European Court

Published on 15 Dec 2012 : The European Court of Human Rights found the CIA guilty of torturing a terror suspect for the first time ever.

The Strasbourg-based court has unanimously ruled that German citizen Khalid el-Masri was tortured by a CIA ‘rendition team’.
The court also found the state of Macedonia guilty of secretly imprisoning, abusing and torturing Khalid el-Masri, a German citizen of Lebanese origin, and ordered €60,000 in compensation to be paid to the former detainee. The Macedonian government denied any involvement in the kidnapping.
James Goldston, executive director of the Open Society Justice Initiative, told the Guardian that the ruling of the Grand Chamber of ECtHR should become a wake-up call for the Obama administration and US courts. For the US Congress to continue avoiding serious scrutiny of CIA activities is going to be "simply unacceptable", Goldston said.
Ben Emmerson, the UN special rapporteur on human rights and counter-terrorism, believes the ECtHR ruling is “a key milestone in the long struggle to secure accountability of public officials implicated in human rights violations committed by the Bush adminsitration CIA in its policy of secret detention, rendition and torture”.
Khaled el-Masri (AFP Photo/DDP/Sebastian Widmann)
Emmerson suggested that the US government must issue an apology for its "central role in a web of systematic crimes and human rights violations by the Bush-era CIA” and pay voluntary compensation to Khalid el-Masri. In turn, Germany should seek the US officials involved in this case to be brought to trial.
Khaled el-Masri (AFP Photo/DDP/Sebastian Widmann)

Masri’s unexpected journey

Macedonian police arrested Khalid el-Masri in December 2003. In January 2004 he was taken to a hotel in the airport of the capital Skopje, where for 23 days he was interrogated about alleged ties with terrorist organizations. The questioning was conducted in English despite the fact that el-Masri has only a basic knowledge of the language.
Masri says he was refused any contacts with German diplomats and once his captors threatened to shoot him after he declared his intention to leave immediately.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

New settlements means total destruction of peace process!

Published on 3 Dec 2012 by AlJazeeraEnglish : Israel intends to build 3,000 new settlements - Israel's plan to build thousands these new homes on Palestinian land means a total destruction of the peace process!