Green MEP, Jean Lambert called for a full, independent inquiry into the UK's involvement with the CIA 'Extraordinary Rendition' flights when she spoke at Liberty's no torture emergency demonstration on Sunday (25th June 2006), the eve of the United Nations World Day Against Torture.
Jean who sits on the European Parliaments Committee of Inquiry into the Extraordinary Rendition flights and was recently appointed as a member of the board at Liberty, met with officials in Washington last month to discuss the alleged abuses.
At Liberty's demonstration Jean warned that the UK Government had become too willing to send people back to places where their lives would be in danger. Jean said; "The UK Government's involvement in the CIA Extraordinary Rendition flights confirms that they are prepared to turn a blind eye to torture and the abuse of our human rights. This is simply not acceptable anywhere in the world but particularly in a modern Europe.
"We have now reached the tragic point that asylum seekers prefer to risk their own lives than to be kept in the UK. Recently two Algerian men returned home after both Government's signed an MOU confirming that the men would not be harmed, yet without any follow up process to ensure their safety no one truly knows their fate.
"An MOU is a compromise on an issue where there can not be any compromise.
Our civil liberties are not a trade off for our Human Rights and the UK Government
must now take positive action to reveal the truth behind the CIA Flights and
find answers to the questions they should of asked months ago."
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Notes to editors:
Jean Lambert: In October 2005 Jean was named MEP 2005 for Justice and Human Rights. Jean was first elected Green Party Member of the European Parliament for London in the 1999 European elections. She was re-elected in 2004. She is one of nine MEPs representing London and one of two UK Green representatives in the European Parliament.