The role Britain and other EU states played in the US’ Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) torture and rendition programme has been strongly condemned by the European Parliament.
The parliament denounced EU member states for failing to launch a probe into serious cases of human rights violations associated with the CIA programme.
Previous probes into these cases have been hampered by lack of transparency, prevalence of political interests, restriction of victims' right to effective participation and lack of rigorous investigative techniques.
However, the parliament urged Britain to carry out a new and transparent probe into the role the country has played in the mistreatment of detainees, several of them abducted as part of the so-called “war on terror”. This comes as Britain decided to shelve its heavily-criticised Gibson Inquiry into torture and rendition.
In its new report, the EU parliament “called on the UK to conduct [a future] inquiry with due transparency, allowing the effective participation of victims and civil society."
British campaigners welcomed the report.
"This comprehensive statement shows that Europe - including the UK - has failed to come to terms with its key role in the CIA's programme of torture and rendition”, said Reprieve investigator Crofton Black.
"Countries including Britain, Romania and Lithuania have failed to carry out the necessary inquiries into the part they played in some of the worst human rights abuses of the war on terror", Crofton Black added.
A new inquiry is needed to allow victims and the general public to know what happened during the dark period of rendition cover-up, said Amnesty International policy adviser Tara Lyle.