Did the CIA create the EU

Torture and the rule of law

Renditions are extraordinary renditions of people arrested on suspicion of terrorism in the "fight against terror". With the participation of some EU countries, they have acquired a new dimension.


In January 2004 his Macedonian guards lead the German Khaled El Masri into a room. Men in black face masks cut his clothes open and he is photographed naked. Then they put a kind of diaper on him, put him in a tracksuit and put a sack over his head. Handcuffed and handcuffed, he is taken to an airplane and immobilized with a syringe. What he's accused of, where he's being flown to, what to expect - he doesn't know. El Masri has fallen victim to an extraordinary rendition, an extraordinary rendition. An estimated several hundred people have been secretly transported across national borders in alleged private planes in a similar manner since 2001.

This article examines renditions as a specific instrument of the "war on terror" from an international and human rights perspective with a view to Europe. First of all, remember that renditions are part of a broader strategy. Particularly concerned that this strategy includes torture; a human rights violation that, for good reason, is one of the few that is absolutely forbidden under international law. Renditions are not an invention of the "war on terror", as will be shown below. But they have taken on a new dimension, as a few individual cases quickly make clear.

European states played an important role in the renditions, be it as logistical terrain or as supporters of this illegal practice. It is unclear whether this will continue to happen. It is clear, however, that this is serious misconduct that should be fully clarified and, if necessary, punished - in order to do justice to the victims and also to counter the ongoing erosion of the standards of international law.