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May. 12th, 2007 04:44 pm (UTC)
Fair point. Reminds me a bit of the UN human rights body's controversies.
Jun. 9th, 2007 02:12 pm (UTC)
I'm not convinced by Monbiots' argument that apart from the court the Council of Europe is "completely useless". It is the Council that has led the charge against extraordinary rendition and the secret gulag, at a time when even nominally leftist governments are declining to issue extradition warrants for indicted kidnappers. If it were not for the Council's investigations this whole murky area would be considerably murkier.
Jun. 9th, 2007 04:11 pm (UTC)
I admit I haven't followed this issue, but I do know (perhaps this is a Brussels bias) that the European Parliament has been chasing this one as well; and in terms of policy impact, I wonder if the PACE has had any more effect than a well-informed NGO campaign could have done?
Jun. 10th, 2007 08:36 pm (UTC)
I suspect an NGO would have less impact than either of the international organisations. But it's not like the Council of Europe or European Parliament are having that much of an impact with this - the story seems to be pretty low down the page as a news story, even with the report just published. I can't but think there is something pretty warped about the moral compass of the people who run Europe - if people are not getting excited about secret prisons and people being flown to the torturers of middle eastern dictatorships then what would excite outrage? The current Italian case is particularly disturbing, with the post-Berlusconi regime actively disrupting a kidnap trial, so as to preserve good relations with the kidnappers.
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