Saturday, September 29, 2007

Europe Suicide Watch: EU should accept wrongly-imprisoned Guantanamo detainees, MEPs say

What is it about the EU politicians that leads them to murder their host Europe?

Death by a thousand cuts is of course the most painful method.

EU should accept wrongly-imprisoned Guantanamo detainees, MEPs say
26.09.2007 - 17:49 CET | By Renata Goldirova
EUOBSERVER / BRUSSELS – A group of European lawmakers has thrown its support behind a campaign calling on EU capitals to grant asylum to 45 men wrongly-imprisoned in the US military base in Guantanamo, Cuba.

"Innocent civilians continue to languish in Guantanamo despite being cleared for release...EU governments should step in and offer this group of persecuted individuals some hope", Dutch green MEP Kathalijne Buitenweg told EUobserver on Wednesday (26 September).

"By not acting the European Union will become responsible for their misery", Ms Buitenweg added.

The campaign, suggesting the relocation of Guantanamo prisoners from right-abusing regimes such as Algeria or Sudan to the EU territory, has been launched by the International Federation for Human Rights along with the Centre for Constitutional Rights. [Oh yes, these groups promote universal rights, i.e., everyone has the same rights wherever they land, whatever they do, sorta 'universal citizenship with a long, long list of rights normally reserved for citizens of a sovereign state.]

"The need for countries to intervene to provide protection for Guantanamo's refugees is critical", the report says and continues to underline that "the possibility these men will be sent by the US government to their home countries despite their legitimate fear of persecution or torture is not an abstract concern".

"We are calling on EU governments to agree to allowing them to be resettled in EU member states", Ms Buitenweg said, adding that the Union should assess each case individually to decide which country a Guantanamo detainee should be sent to.


Detainees who fear return to their home country include those from Algeria, China, Egypt, Ethiopia, Iraq, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Lebanon, Libya, Palestine, Russia, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Tajikistan, Tunisia and Uzbekistan.

Until now, Albania has been the only country in the world willing to accept a handful of detainees. In 2006, the country accepted eight men – five Chinese Uighurs, one Uzbek, one Algerian and an Egyptian.

Close Guantanamo
With Wednesday's initiative, MEPs have also sent an indirect message to the US, saying Guantanamo prison should be closed immediately.

"It is the black-hole of democracy, the end of rule of law", Mr Catania told EUobserver. [No, Mr Catania and your elite comrades are the black hole, and the end of Europe is your goal.]

Ms Buitenweg, for her part, described Guantanamo as "a dark chapter in the history of international human rights abuses and EU governments have rightly criticised it in the past".

However, she added that the campaign for the resettlement of wrongly-imprisoned Guantanamo detainees is "a cry for help for individuals" rather than "a political sign" to Washington.

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