Torture: MEPs call for investigation into EU countries' role in CIA practices

A report by the US Senate accuses the CIA of having used torture to extract confessions

Torture: MEPs call for investigation into EU countries' role in CIA practices

Waterboarding, chaining people to walls, rectal feeding: the recently published US Senate’s report on CIA interrogation methods makes serious allegations about the agency using torture to extract information from detainees. In a plenary debate about the report on 17 December, MEPs said that trampling fundamental values in the fight against terrorism is unacceptable and that the possible complicity of EU member states in this should be investigated.

Benedetto Della Vedova, representing the Italian presidency of the EU Council, emphasised that the US was an important partner for the EU in fighting terrorism. “The EU is committed to fully banning torture and inhuman and degrading treatment,” he said, adding that Barack Obama banned torture as soon as he became US president.

Dimitris Avramopoulos, the commissioner responsible for home affairs and citizenship, said about torture: "It is just wrong. Not only wrong, it's a crime. And it should never be used." He also stressed that efforts to combat terrorism should respect international law.

Laura Ferrara stressed that the report does not include any recommendations for incriminating the people responsible. “There is nothing in peace time or wartime that can justify torture,” she said.

Laura Ferrara

MEP involved

Laura Ferrara