The document, drafted by the Open Society Justice Initiative, a rights advocacy group, also includes a list of 136 people held or transferred by the CIA over the period. This is the largest list of the kind compiled to date, the report claims, and it has the names of real al-Qaeda operatives and of innocent people, seized over fault suspicions of ties with the terrorist group.
Some prisoners, the report says, were sent for interrogation to those countries where torture is standard practice.
25 countries in Europe, 14 in Asia and 13 in Africa assisted the CIA’s secret detention, rendition and interrogation program, according to Amrit Singh, the author of the Open Society report, “Globalizing Torture”.
Prisons were set up in Thailand, Romania, Poland and Lithuania.
Amrit Singh expressed hope that the United States would soon be held responsible for harsh violations of domestic and international laws.
In December, the European Court of Human Rights ruled that the rights of Khalied el-Masri, a German citizen of Lebanese descent who had been confused with an operative of Al Qaeda who had a similar name and erroneously seized by the CIA and then taken to Afghanistan for interrogation, had been violated.
Voice of Russia, The New York Times