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Abstract: This report compiles the latest evidence of European countries' complicity in the CIA's programmes in the context of the fight against terrorism in the aftermath of the 11 September 2001 attacks in the USA.
"The EU has utterly failed to hold member states accountable for the abuses they've committed," said Nicolas Beger, Director of Amnesty International's European Institutions Office.
"These abuses occurred on European soil. We simply can't allow Europe to join the US in becoming an 'accountability-free' zone. The tide is slowly turning with some countries starting investigations but much more needs to be done." Intergovernmental organizations such as the Council of Europe, the European Union and the UN have been at the forefront of investigating human rights violations associated with the CIA rendition and secret detention programmes.
Following disclosures in their reports, inquiries into state complicity or legal processes aimed at individual responsibility took place or are currently in progress in countries such as Germany, Italy, Lithuania, Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Sweden and the United Kingdom.
Abstract: Contrairement à une idée reçue, la France et le Royaume-Uni ne sont pas les seules puissances nucléaires en Europe. En effet, depuis 1954, dans le cadre de l’OTAN, les États-Unis stationnent des forces nucléaires dans plusieurs pays du continent. Reliques de la Guerre froide, ces forces devaient originellement faire face à la supériorité des troupes conventionnelles du pacte de Varsovie. De plus de 7 000 armes nucléaires tactiques, réparties dans une dizaine d’États européens au milieu des années 1970, l’arsenal n’a cessé de diminuer, à la suite de l’éclatement de l’URSS, pour parvenir au chiffre de 350 armes en 2007. Depuis le début de la décennie, la question de l’utilité de ces armements, et donc indirectement d’un possible retrait, est de plus en plus souvent évoquée.
En toute discrétion entre 2005 et 2008, les États-Unis ont dénucléarisé deux de leurs plus grandes bases européennes, Ramstein (Allemagne) et Lakenheath (Royaume-Uni). Elles abritaient au total 180 bombes nucléaires. Indéniablement, ce désarmement apporte un nouvel éclairage sur cette posture nucléaire de l’OTAN. À ce titre, les 240 bombes restantes ont sans doute définitivement perdu leur rôle militaire au profit d’un rôle politique. Les raisons de ce retrait ne se limitent pas seulement à des problèmes de sécurité dans ces bases. Non, d’autres problématiques comme l’évolution de l’Alliance atlantique, la politique de chacun des pays hôtes, le renouvellement des flottes à capacité duale, l’utilité stratégique, sans compter la pression de l’opinion publique soutenue par des organisations pacifistes, contribuent et vont contribuer à limiter ce stationnement d’armes. Désormais seuls l’Allemagne, la Belgique, les Pays-Bas, l’Italie et la Turquie ont sur leur territoire des armes nucléaires américaines, mais pour combien de temps encore ? Demain, l’Europe va-t-elle être une zone libre d’armes nucléaires américaines ?
Abstract: A Survey and Analysis of Border Management and Border Apprehension Data from 20 States.
With a Special Survey on the Use of Counterfeit Documents.
Based on the contributions of the border services of 20 Central and Eastern European states, the 2006 Yearbook again provides its valuable overview and analysis of irregular migration trends in the region. Over the past ten years the annual Yearbook on Illegal Migration, Human Smuggling and Trafficking in Central and Eastern Europe has come to be regarded as an authoritative source of information on recent border trends and in particular on the phenomena of illegal migration, human smuggling and trafficking. The annual Yearbook covers the most recent trends in illegal migration and human smuggling in the region, including long-term trends in border apprehensions, shifts in source, transit and destination countries, demographic characteristics of irregular migrants, the relationship between legal and illegal border crossings, new developments in the methods of border crossings and document abuse and on removals of irregular migrants. In addition, this year’s edition for the first time features a Special Survey on the use of counterfeit documents for illegal migration purposes. This Survey is based on the contributions received from document specialists or Special Units dealing with document security in the countries under review and provides the first comprehensive overview and analysis of patterns and trends in the use of counterfeit documents for illegal migration purposes in Central and Eastern Europe.
Abstract: This bulletin contains information about Amnesty International’s main concerns in Europe and
Central Asia between July and December 2007. Not every country in the region is reported on; only
those where there were significant developments in the period covered by the bulletin, or where
Amnesty International (AI) took specific action.
A number of individual country reports have been issued on the concerns featured in this bulletin.
References to these are made under the relevant country entry. In addition, more detailed
information about particular incidents or concerns may be found in Urgent Actions and News
Service Items issued by AI.
This bulletin is published by AI every six months.
Abstract: La présente évaluation de la politique des vingt-sept pays membres de l’Union
européenne en faveur des droits de l’Homme répond au développement récent des
« investissements éthiques », constitués pour une grand part d’actions d’entreprises privées, mais également d’obligations d’Etat. C’est cette partie « obligataire » dont il s’agit ici d’éclairer les fondements dans une perspective « éthique », dans l’optique de favoriser les investissements dans les Etats menant une politique plus active de promotion des droits de l’homme. Cette étude s’inscrit dans la continuité des études élaborées en 2001, 2003 et 2005.
Abstract: Kirilas Kurakinas was born around 1922. A former official of the Soviet Lithuania's People's Commissariat of internal affairs (NKVD, a predecessor of the KGB), he and two other persons of the People's protection brigade (cf. "ramifications"), have allegedly participated in the murder of a Lithuanian family in hiding from the Soviet Army in 1945. It is alleged that the three of them burned Leopoldas Gaidys's house, killing four people including his pregnant wife and six-month-old child.
Abstract: Petras Bartasevicius was born around 1923. A former member of the Soviet Lithuania's People's Commissariat of internal affairs (NKVD, a predecessor of the KGB), he and two other persons of the People's protection brigade (cf. "ramifications"), have allegedly participated in the murder of a Lithuanian family in hiding from the Soviet Army in 1945. It is alleged that the three of them burned Leopoldas Gaidys's house, killing four people including his pregnant wife and six-month-old child.
Abstract: Jouzas Sakalys was born around 1923. A former member of the Soviet Lithuania's People's Commissariat of internal affairs (NKVD, a predecessor of the KGB), he and two other persons of the People's protection brigade (cf. "ramifications"), have allegedly participated in the murder of a Lithuanian family in hiding from the Soviet Army in 1945. It is alleged that the three of them burned Leopoldas Gaidys's house, killing four people including his pregnant wife and six-month-old child.
Abstract: In March 2003, a U.S.-led multinational force began operations in Iraq. At that time, 48 nations, identified as a "coalition of the willing," offered political, military, and financial support for U.S. efforts in Iraq, with 38 nations other than the United States providing troops. In addition, international donors met in Madrid in October 2003 to pledge funding for the reconstru#ction of Iraq's infrastructure, which had deteriorated after multiple wars and decades of neglect under the previous regime.
This testimony discusses (1) the troop commitments other countries have made to operations in Iraq, (2) the funding the United States has provided to support other countries' participation in the multinational force, and (3) the financial support international donors have provided to Iraq reconstruction efforts.
Abstract: The mission of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) in Afghanistan
is seen as a test of the alliance's political will and military capabilities. The allies are
seeking to create a "new" NATO, able to go beyond the European theater and combat
new threats such as terrorism and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.
Afghanistan is NATO's first "out-of-area" mission beyond Europe. The purpose of
the mission is the stabilization and reconstruction of Afghanistan. The mission is a
difficult one because it must take place while combat operations against Taliban
U.N. Security Council resolutions govern NATO's responsibilities. The NATOled
International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) faces formidable obstacles:
shoring up a weak government in Kabul; using military capabilities in a distant
country with rugged terrain; and rebuilding a country devastated by war and troubled
by a resilient narcotics trade. NATO's mission statement lays out the essential
elements of the task of stabilizing and rebuilding the country: train the Afghan army,
police, and judiciary; support the government in counter-narcotics efforts; develop
a market infrastructure; and suppress the Taliban.
Abstract: This paper is based on the Central Asia and Caucasus Institute - Silk Road
Studies Program joint center's meeting held in Riga, 7-8 November 2005.
The meeting was organized as a workshop that was attended by
representatives of the law enforcement, political and academic communities
within the Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Finland, and Sweden. Over the two
day meeting, the participants addressed a series of topics presented to them
by researchers from the joint center as well as the Swedish National Drug
Policy Coordinator. The results of these talks, and additional research
conducted at the joint center are presented here.
The report is divided into three main sections, reflecting the agenda of the
meeting. The first section covers overall threats posed by transnational
organized crime and its main activity: narcotics smuggling. This section
will also explain the threat that organized crime poses threat to our
societies. The second section discusses existing law enforcement and legal
structures in place to counter narcotics smuggling, and also the current
situation in the Baltic states. The final section proposes a strategy for
decision-makers that may be used to count narcotics smuggling and
organized crime networks.
Abstract: The human rights situation deteriorated in numerous former Soviet republics. Independent
human rights monitoring groups, including several affiliates of the IHF, came under
attack. The Russian Federation, Belarus, and the Central Asian regimes promulgated
new legislation or changed their practices to allow these states arbitrarily to restrict the activities
of nongovernmental organizations. The leaders of the Belarusian Helsinki Committee
faced fabricated criminal charges, and in January 2006, state-controlled Russian media
falsely implicated the Moscow Helsinki Group in espionage.
Abstract: The United States has progressively woven a clandestine "spider's web" of disappearances, secret detentions and unlawful inter-state transfers - spun with the collaboration or tolerance of Council of Europe member states, the Legal Affairs Committee of the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly (PACE) said today. In a draft resolution adopted at a meeting in Paris, based on a report by Dick Marty (Switzerland, ALDE), the committee said hundreds of persons had become entrapped in this web - in some cases when they were merely suspected of sympathising with a presumed terrorist organisation. The parliamentarians said this knowing collusion of member states took several different forms, including secretly detaining a person on European territory, capturing a person and handing them over to the US or permitting unlawful "renditions" through their airspace or across their territory. "It# has now been demonstrated incontestably, by numerous well-documented and convergent facts, that secret detentions and unlawful inter-state transfers involving European countries have taken place, such as to require in-depth inquiries and urgent responses by the executive and legislative branches of all the countries concerned," the committee said. The committee called on Council of Europe member states to review bilateral agreements signed with the United States, particularly those on the status of US forces stationed in Europe, to ensure they conformed fully to international human rights norms. The report is due for debate by the plenary Assembly - which brings together 630 parliamentarians from the 46 Council of Europe member states - in Strasbourg on 27 June 2006.
Abstract: The United States of America finds that neither the classic instruments of criminal law and procedure, nor the framework of the laws of war (including respect for the Geneva Conventions) has been apt to address the terrorist threat. As a result it has introduced new legal concepts, such as "enemy combatant" and "rendition", which were previously unheard of in international law and stand contrary to the basic legal principles that prevail on our continent. Thus, across the world, the United States has progressively woven a clandestine "spider's web" of disappearances, secret detentions and unlawful inter-state transfers, often encompassing countries notorious for their use of torture. Hundreds of persons have become entrapped in this web, in some cases merely suspected of sympathising with a presumed terrorist organisation.
Abstract: The report is divided in three main parts. The first part assesses the narcotics
and organized crime situation in the Baltic States. The second part examines
states' capacities to counter narcotics and organized crime in the Baltic Sea
region. The third part proposes solutions to the main issues that were
discussed in the first part.
Europe is one of the most profitable markets for narcotics in the world.
Criminal networks are positioning themselves in Europe. They launder their
money in Western banks by investing in European real estate and stocks.
Law enforcement agencies across Europe and beyond have noticed this
phenomenon, and the media have also addressed some of the problems caused
by organized crime and the use of narcotics. However, this limited attention
has not resulted in any coordination of policies between affected states to
reduce the trade by any significant amount. The Baltic Sea Region has
received some attention from authorities since narcotics transport routes
crisscross all three of the Baltic States. Nevertheless, the cooperation between
countries is crucial if we want to be successful in reducing the supply of
Abstract: The problems for states and individuals with an
abuse of illegal substances are age-old but never has
the problem been as troubling and the financial
turnover as large as now. Today some 200 million
people or 5 percent of the world's population age 15-64
uses illegal narcotics according to the United
Nations. This is an increase by 15 million since 2004.
Diseases and human suffering are seen in the
footsteps of the abuse, however the consequences are
not only seen among the users themselves but
HIV/AIDS threatens to spread to non-user groups
and notably several states have been directly affected
by the criminalization of the state and corruption of
the states functions. States such as Afghanistan,
Tajikistan and now Kyrgyzstan have been co-opted
by money derived from the narcotics trade and the
political process is to a significant extent controlled
by the criminal networks. The trade in several states
is dominated by the production and illegal trafficking
of narcotics, making the illegal economy close to
redundant. This impedes both the liberalization of
the economies in the countries affected as well as
threatens the democratization process.
Abstract: The report reveals that Chechens seeking refuge abroad are facing many obstacles. For example, their very basic right to seek asylum is not always respected: In Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and Belarus, Chechens are denied access to the national asylum procedure. Many stay there without any legal rights and almost no humanitarian assistance; Chechens are sometimes denied access to the territory of other states. This happens routinely at the border with Ukraine; EU member states have a widely differing approach to Chechen asylum seekers. Refugee recognition rates vary dramatically within the EU, and the outcome of "the asylum lottery" depends on the country in which the claim has been processed. During the first six months of 2004, the Slovak Republic did not grant asylum to a single person from Russia, while Austria's refugee recognition rate for this group was 96 %. The report raises concern that the system of asylum and integration in new EU states receiving many Chechen asylum seekers, are not up to European standards. It appeals# to "old" EU states to support "new" EU states in providing protection to Chechen asylum seekers. In a recommendation to European states, the Norwegian Refugee Council states that "old" EU states should use the powers they have under the Dublin regulation to examine claims from Chechen asylum seekers lodged on their territory, even if they believe a new member state to be responsible under the Regulations's criteria.
Abstract: In an effort to make European troops more employable in out-of-area operations, the United States has urged NATO to set goals of having each member nation able to deploy 40 percent of its forces abroad with at least 8 percent of each nation's military actually deployed at any given time. The motivation behind this idea would be to help sustain the ongoing shift from reliance on territorial defenses during the Cold War to expeditionary forces in the post-September 11 era. Even so, this objective may be exceedingly difficult for new NATO members to achieve, given the competing budgetary and political pressures to which they are subjected.
Abstract: In the EU, enlargement has aroused concern as to whether the
new member states will put a brake on the development of
common foreign, security and defence policy. The Report
indicates that such concern is unwarranted: the primary objective
of the new member states is to become closely integrated into the
EU's foreign and security policy, which should be as uniform and
effective as possible. Although these countries are not among the
most enthusiastic supporters of closer integration, they do not
wish to take on the role of brakeman. The newcomers' desire to
become full and equal member states creates pressure for active
participation in all areas of integration, including the Common
Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP). Hence they participate, for
example, in the EU's crisis management operations in Macedonia
and Bosnia-Herzegovina initiated in 2003, and they also intend
to take part in the Union's planned new battlegroups. #Because of
their limited resources and relative unfamiliarity with the EU's
ways of functioning, the new member states are likely to have
only a minor influence on the CFSP over the next few years.
Abstract: The North Atlantic Treaty Organization was formed shortly after the end of the Second World War to counter the threat of Soviet invasion of Western Europe. The treaty setting up the alliance was signed in 1949 by 10 Western European nations as well as Canada and the United States. NATO's mandate is to provide a common defence for the European and Atlantic areas, and to address common issues faced by the member countries.
Abstract: Geographically dispersed throughout the country, Russians living in Lithuania represent a linguistically, culturally and religiously distinct group. Historically, Russians in Lithuania share similar background with Russians in Estonia and Latvia, though Lithuania has a much more independent history than either of the two other Baltic states.
Russians living in Lithuania have virtually no risks of rebellion and only a small likelihood of protest.
One factor, contributing to this situation is the fact that the group seems to lack important organizational prerequisites needed for collective action. Russians in Lithuania are geographically dispersed and they appear to lack political unity and organization. More importantly, however, the current treatment of the group by the government is largely positive.
Although the group has expressed high levels of political protest in the late eighties and early nineties, in response to Lithuania's declaration of independence, since then, the government has adopted a number of positive measures and the levels of protest by the group have sharply declined as a result
Abstract: Geographically concentrated in the Vilnius and Soleczniki districts, Poles of Lithuania represent a linguistically, culturally and religiously distinct group. Poles living in Lithuania have virtually no risks of rebellion and only a small likelihood of protest at the moment. The current treatment of the group by the government is generally positive. The widely inclusive nature of Lithuanian law has placed many ethnic Poles in political office throughout Lithuania. Still, some Polish groups (e.g. Union of Poles in Vilnius) continue to cite Lithuanian policies and practices, which they believe are discriminatory. Tensions are present, but are not generally considered to be high.
Possible problems do loom, however. Since the early nineties, the group has exhibited persistent levels of protest, usually taking the form of a few demonstrations, rallies, strikes or small riots. Also, group's geographic concentration in the Vilnius region, the historical disagreement between Poland and Lithuania over that city, as well as the supposed loyalty of Poles living in Vilnius to Poland, continues to raise fears by many Lithuanians of potential reunification with the neighboring Poland. The fears are exacerbated by propaganda activities by some Polish factions in Lithuania.
Abstract: This report examines the uncontrolled arms exports that have fuelled massive human rights abuses in Sudan, including the killing, rape, torture and displacement of more than a million civilians since the Darfur conflict began in February 2003.
The report shows how Sudanese government forces and their militia allies have used such arms for grave human rights violations, war crimes and crimes against humanity.