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Report: 54 Countries Implicated In Secret U.S. Rendition Operations

CNN, OPEN SOCIETY JUSTICE INITIATIVE

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From Afghanistan to Zimbabwe, South Africa to Sweden, a new report identifies as many as 54 countries allegedly involved in the controversial CIA-run "extraordinary rendition" and detention program aimed at combatting terrorism after the September 11 attacks.

The human rights watchdog group, the Open Society Justice Initiative took an in-depth look at a program whose scope and range had remained unclear despite official acknowledgement from former President George W. Bush and other U.S. officials, reports CNN.

The report cites 136 people targeted by rendition, which is the word used to describe the U.S. government's transfer of a terrorism suspect to a third country for interrogation, often to avoid democratic legal constraints. Some of the people transferred were taken to the so-called "black site" prisons in third countries run by the CIA.

"The consequence of having so many partners engaged in these operations is that the United States is exposed to continuing embarrassment, liability and censure in multiple jurisdictions outside the United States," Amrit Singh, the report's author told CNN.

Among the secret flights of CIA rendition operations Rzeczpospolita

The report, Globalizing Tortureconcludes that "the time has come for the United States and its partners to definitively repudiate these illegal practices and secure accountability for the associated human rights abuses."

Here is the list of countries reported to have been involved in the program: Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Canada, Croatia, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Djibouti, Egypt, Ethiopia, Finland, Gambia, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Iceland, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland, Italy, Jordan, Kenya, Libya, Lithuania, Macedonia, Malawi, Malaysia, Mauritania, Morocco, Pakistan, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Syria, Thailand, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Uzbekistan, Yemen, and Zimbabwe

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