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ECHR finds Lithuania liable assisting the US with torture

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The European Court docket of Human Rights (ECHR) found Lithuania liable on Tuesday for helping the US with the torture of a person from Saudi Arabia at Detention Website Violet, a secret CIA jail in Lithuania, in 2005.

The courtroom discovered that Lithuania violated a number of provisions of the European Convention on Human Rights in opposition to the applicant Mustafa Ahmed Adam al-Hawsawi, together with Articles 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 8 and 13 of the Conference. These included failing its obligation to respect human rights, prohibit torture, and never violate al-Hawsawi’s proper to life, safety, and liberty, a good trial, and a personal and household life.

Al-Hawsawi was captured in Pakistan in 2003 and suspected by US authorities of involvement within the September 11, 2001 assaults. He alleges that on account of the torture at Detention Website Violet, he now suffers from colorectal ache and rectal prolapse, power degenerative disc illness of the cervical backbone, power complications and migraines, hypertension, listening to loss, power sleep disturbances and compromised liver well being. In his affidavit, al-Hawsawi claimed that he was sodomized, stored in steady solitary confinement and underwent different “enhanced interrogation methods.”

The courtroom ordered Lithuania to pay al-Hawsawi 100,000 euros ($110,000) for damages and 30,000 in prices. The courtroom based mostly its ruling on a 2014 report printed by the US Senate on “CIA torture.”

Lithuania could proceed to face legal responsibility for helping the US with torture, with the courtroom establishing within the resolution that “in 2002-2005 the CIA-related plane repeatedly crossed Lithuania’s airspace.” The courtroom urged Lithuania to “undertake a full legal investigation as shortly as doable.” The ECHR beforehand discovered Lithuania liable in an identical 2018 case, additionally for facilitating unlawful torture by CIA operatives throughout the nation. There are different torture websites scattered throughout US allies, together with Poland, Romania, Afghanistan and Thailand.

Source / Picture: jurist.org

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