Vandaag hielden vier fracties in het EP een
gezamenlijke hoorzitting over de Europese gevangenen in Guantanamo Bay, het gevangenenkamp waar de VS verdachten
van terrorisme opsluit.
Detainees at Guantánamo Bay: Greens call for putting on hold US-EU agreements
During a public hearing in the European Parliament with the families and lawyers of the detainees in Guantánamo Bay, Monica Frassoni, Co-President of the Green/EFA group, today called for the EU to take measures against the US in case no fair solution for the Detainees in Guantanamo was found. Monica Frassoni said:
"The situation of the detainees in the US prison camp in Guantanamo Bay is unacceptable and a slap in the face of democracy, civil liberties and the rule of law. The Greens/EFA call for putting on hold the agreements on judicial co-operation and extradition the EU concluded with the United States last June. If no fair solution to the problems of the detainees in Guantánamo Bay is found the agreements should not enter into force on 1 May 2004 as scheduled. The European parliament has already endorsed this position by adopting a Green amendment on 20 May. The EU has already taken similar measures against other countries, why should they not apply for the US? I also reiterate our proposal to send an official European Parliament delegation to Guantánamo Bay."
Jean Lambert MEP, Member of the Civil Liberties Committee, said:
"Together with other MEPs, the Greens/EFA will table a recommendation to the Council asking it to align its position with the one of the European Parliament and to take diplomatic initiatives in this direction."