06 April 2011
Lithuania: Unlock the truth – allegations of complicity in rendition and secret detention

The authorities in Lithuania have admitted that the country hosted two secret prisons operated by the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). These prisons were operated as part of the covert programmes of rendition and secret detention run by the CIA following the attacks in the USA on 11 September 2001.
 
A criminal investigation into the sites was opened, but was closed prematurely in January 2011. It failed to look into all the relevant evidence and potentially hold those people to account for serious human rights violations that may have occurred in these centres.

Torture, unlawful detention and other serious human rights violations committed in the name of national security must never be shielded with secrecy.

Call on the Lithuanian President to “unlock the truth” and re-open investigations into Lithuania’s role in torture and secret detention!

Victims of the programmes, their families and society as a whole have the right to know the truth while those who sanctioned, condoned, or carried out the abuses must be held to account.

Take action

Print the luggage tag attached below, sign your name, attach it to a closed padlock as a symbolic gesture and send it to: The Security with Human Rights Campaign team, Amnesty International, 1 Easton Street, London, WC1X 0DW.

We’ll deliver the padlocks to the President of Lithuania in September 2011.

Read more

Europe: Open secret: Mounting evidence of Europe's complicity in rendition and secret detention (Executive Summary, 15 November 2010)
Lithuania must reopen CIA secret prison investigation (Public Statement, 18 January 2011)
 

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