European rights court takes CIA to task on rendition in landmark ruling

The European Court of Human Rights

Global Post: The European Court of Human Rights made history Thursday by ruling in favor of a Lebanese national who said he was tortured by a CIA rendition team partnered with Macedonia. The decision marked a legal triumph for opponents of the controversial US program that became a well-known part of the so-called “war on terror.”

Khaled El-Masri, a German resident, was subjected to “torture and ill-treatment both in the country itself [Macedonia] and after his transfer to the US authorities [in Afghanistan] in the context of an extra-judicial rendition,” the court said, according to Der Spiegel.

The Guardian claimed the ruling marks “the first time the court has described CIA treatment meted out to terror suspects as torture.”

El-Masri was apprehended during a 2003 trip to Macedonia and detained over suspicions of terrorist activity, allegations Der Spiegel said are widely believed to have stemmed from a case of mistaken identity. El-Masri claimed he was mistreated and denied legal help while being detained in Macedonia, charges denied by the government.

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  1. It pains to see the apparent Muslims being treated this way. But if someone exceeds the limits granted by Allah and a justice for mankind has to face the consequences. Be it Muslim or anyone.
    If the people that are trying to enforce a forced or forged peace it is a must that they too will subsequently face the same fate. That is the law of Allah. Brutality does not prosper.
    It does not mean that the nothing should be don for peace. Or the culprits disturbing it should not be dealt.
    If we need peace in the world Justice must be strictly observed. A wrong cannot be joined to make one right.

  2. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights
    Article 5.
    No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.

    Article 6.
    Everyone has the right to recognition everywhere as a person before the law.

    Article 7.
    All are equal before the law and are entitled without any discrimination to equal protection of the law. All are entitled to equal protection against any discrimination in violation of this Declaration and against any incitement to such discrimination.

    Article 8.
    Everyone has the right to an effective remedy by the competent national tribunals for acts violating the fundamental rights granted him by the constitution or by law.

  3. Injustices like these are one of the biggest reasons why world peace appears a distant dream.

    These government sanctioned crimes by “civilized” countries provide fresh recruits for the terrorists, since in the name of justice these countries feel no hesitation in trampling it under their own military boots.

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