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Council of Europe: Report criticizes Security Council listing process

In an introductory memorandum to a report on UN Security Council black lists, Council of Europe expert Dick Marty criticizes the UN “blacklisting” procedure for, among others, violating the right to due process of the persons listed.

European Union: Council to inform listed individuals or groups of grounds for their listing

During a summit in Luxemburg on 24-25 April, the EU Council decided that, as part of the reviewing process of the EU terrorist list, it will inform the listed persons, groups and entities about the reasons for their listing through a “statement of reasons”. The statement would only be made public with the consent of […]

Council of Europe: Judges adopt recommendations on counter-terrorism and human rights

During its seventh plenary session held in Strasbourg from 8 to 10 November, the Consultative Council of European Judges (CCJE), an advisory body of the Council of Europe, adopted an opinion on the role of judges in the protection of the rule of law and human rights in the context of terrorism. The CCJE recommended […]

EU: Parliament releases interim report on secret detentions and renditions in Europe

On 28 November, the European Parliament’s “Temporary Committee on the alleged use of European countries by the CIA for the transportation and illegal detention of prisoners” released its interim report. The Committee concluded that most European countries were aware of the existence of CIA secret prisons or the use of European territories for the transfer […]

Council of Europe: SG proposes standards to protect against renditions and secret detentions

On 7 September, Secretary General (SG) of the Council of Europe (CoE) Terry Davis, made public his proposals based on his inquiry into the alleged secret detention and renditions of terrorist suspects by the CIA. The proposals include the drafting of minimum standards to prevent human rights abuses by security services, in particular allied foreign […]

Council of Europe: Special Rapporteur says Europe aided CIA renditions

On 27 June, Council of Europe (CoE) Special Rapporteur Dick Marty presented his final report to the CoE Parliamentary Assembly. He concluded that several cases of rendition operated by the CIA took place with the complicity of CoE member states. The Assembly subsequently adopted a resolution backing the report. On 14 June, CoE Secretary General […]