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AI on CIA Jails in Poland
November 30, 2010   
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Amnesty International published a report Nov. 15 in Warsaw which points to a growing body of evidence that human rights were abused in Poland and Europe as part of the war on terrorism. The 47-page report, entitled Open Secret: Mounting Evidence of Europe’s Complicity in the CIA’s Illegal Rendition and Detention, contains four pages about Poland. The section sums up the progress of an investigation which Poland’s public prosecutor’s office started in 2008 to examine allegations of secret CIA prisons in Poland.

Draginja Nada¿din, the director of Amnesty International Polska, deemed the Polish investigation “protracted and inefficient” because its findings still have not been announced publicly.

As far as recommendations for Poland, the report’s authors asked the prosecutor’s office to ensure transparent proceedings and make sure that all individuals granted the status of a wronged person can take part in the investigation without any constraints and in line with international standards. Amnesty International noted that Abd al-Rahim Nashiri, a Guantanamo prisoner accused of organizing the attack on the American ship USS Cole, was recently granted such status under the Polish investigation.

Irmina Pacho of the Helsinki Committee for Human Rights said that the Polish Air Navigation Services Agency and the Border Guards had revealed that the military airfield in Szymany in northeastern Poland accommodated airplanes identified as CIA aircraft.
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