The European Parliament debate on the interim report into the alleged 'Extraordinary renditions' by the CIA in Europe has taken place today.
Speaking during the debate Green MEP, Jean Lambert, who sits on the European Parliament's Committee of Inquiry in to the CIA Flights said there were a number of issues that still needed to be resolved. Jean said: "The inquiry into the alleged CIA Extraordinary Rendition Flights is like a puzzle that is nearly complete, there are just a few missing pieces, questions and issues that must be addressed before we can draw a final conclusion. We must therefore support the enquiry until the end when the truth can be told.
"In terms of the facts and the political consequences it is almost irrelevant that we have found one or two cases of extraordinary rendition. This is something that should not and can not be tolerated at all - there is no such thing as a 'little bit of torture'.
"We have been told that the law currently in place is not adequate to protect our human rights but we need to question if we are using the existing law effectively and fairly to protect us all.
"With an increasing amount of MOU's (Memorandums of Understanding) coming into play it seems Government's are making up a 'convenient' law of their own kind using trust instead of facts and the law to protect their citizens. We must work together, within the law to end torture and terrorism and protect our human rights now and in the future."
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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.