Amnesty International presents its 10 point human rights programme to incoming Portuguese Presidency

Amnesty International today presented its ten point human rights programme to the incoming Portuguese EU Presidency.

The main concern remains the EU’s ambivalence when it comes to dealing with its own human rights problems. Confronted with the latest Council of Europe report confirming that the CIA operated secret detention sites in several EU member states, the response remains a conspicuous silence.

“The denial of political responsibility for serious abuses in Europe affects the EU’s credibility and undermines its important efforts to promote human rights globally” said Dick Oosting, Director of Amnesty International’s EU Office.

“The EU can set a powerful example to the rest of the world it can overcome this ambivalence. Portugal could show the leadership that the EU has so far been lacking”. he added.

Click here to access the Amnesty International EU Office recommendations.

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