London's Green MEP, Jean Lambert has today confirmed that she will sit on the European Parliament's temporary committee of inquiry in to the CIA 'extraordinary rendition' flights.
Jean, who was named MEP 2005 for Justice and Human Rights at the end of last year, welcomed European Parliament's decision to endorse the committee yesterday and is now keen to find the truth behind the CIA flights. Jean commented; "I am pleased to be given the opportunity to investigate the network behind these 'torture flights'. We have to find out what happened and why in order to prevent such events taking place again."
As a leaked memo today reveals that the UK Government tried to cover up knowledge of the interrogation centres, the EU Committee now looks to be of more importance than ever before.
Jean continued: "It is extremely worrying that key figures have been claiming they were unaware of the CIA rendition flights until now, raising further questions about their true involvement. The Government are meant to be protecting our human rights but it seems their interest lies in meeting targets and not people's needs. In order to uphold high standards of human rights, and trust the government to protect us again, we need to make sure that the people who knew of such events are identified and removed from position."
The cross party delegation of 46 MEPs will investigate two questions in particular that lie at the heart of the committee; Do CIA detention centres exist in Europe and has the CIA been using European airports to transport terrorist suspects to places where they could face torture. The Committee will also investigate if EU citizens have been involved and whether European governments knew about the alleged practices.
For more information please contact:
Morwenna Holland, Media Officer
tel: 020 7407 6280 or 07813149812
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.
Members of the Committee: For the Temporary Committee on the CIA the group nominated Dutch MEP Kathalijne Buitenweg and German MEP Cem Özdemir as full members, and as substitute members British MEP Jean Lambert and Catalan MEP Raùl Romeva.
Committee of Inquiry: The Conference of Presidents states that the temporary
committee will liase and cooperate "as closely as possible" with inter
alia, the Council of Europe, the European Commissioner responsible for human
rights, the UN Commissioner for Human Rights and with national parliaments.
It also states the committee should submit an interim report within four months
after it starts work.