The human rights organisation Amnesty International Thursday issued a new report on a secret detention in Lithuania.
The organisation’s Brussels office in a statement appealed to the authorities in Vilnius to investigate allegations of illegal activity and called on the European Parliament to produce its own new report into the complicity of European Union countries in the CIA’s rendition and secret detention programmes.
Amnesty International’s report on Lithuania’s role in the US-led rendition and secret detention programmes assesses the Lithuanian authorities’ deeds following their admission that the country hosted two secret CIA detention facilities between 2002 and 2006.
The report asserts that the judicial investigation’s closure was premature and unjustified and suggests new lines of enquiry exploring the connections between Lithuania and other EU countries, including Finland, Poland, Portugal and Romania.
The report challenges Lithuania to examine the case of Abu Zubaydah, who was allegedly detained in Lithuania, as well as Poland.
“The CIA programmes are a stain on the EU’s human rights record. The premature closure of the criminal investigation in Lithuania is just one example of increasingly disturbing signs of a spirit of impunity in Europe,” said Nicolas Beger, Director of Amnesty International’s EU Office in Brussels.