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Poland, Lithuania won’t host new secret CIA rendition prisons

Poland and Lithuania have announced that they would not allow the United States to locate new secret detention facilities on their soil in case President Donald Trump decides to reinstate a deal, under which the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) clandestinely detains prisoners as part of the so-called war on terror. 

“There is no proposal for that and there is no room (for talks),” Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydlo told journalists in Warsaw on Thursday, adding that her government would not agree to such “black sites” at all.

Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevicius also told Reuters that Vilnius was prepared to cooperate with Washington on all strategic issues but noted that human rights needed to be safeguarded.

“Torturing of people is not possible according to international law, code of conduct – not just legally but morally,” he said.

“I do not believe that any civilized state should apply these methods. It’s not just my personal position, it’s the position of my state,” Linkevicius pointed out.

Lithuania currently faces two lawsuits at the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) in Strasbourg, France, over assertions that detainees were being held at one of the secret CIA jails in the Baltic country.

 

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