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USA: Front companies used in secret flights to torture and "disappearance"

Author: Amnesty International, Published on: 5 April 2006

Amnesty International today released a new report which exposes a covert operation whereby people have been arrested or abducted, transferred and held in secret or handed over to countries where they have faced torture and other ill-treatment...The report...lists private airlines with permission to land at US military bases worldwide...[and] details the destinations and ownership of specific aircraft linked to people interviewed by Amnesty International who have been transferred illegally...Amnesty International cautioned that states that tolerate these flights landing on their territory and companies that carry them out, may find themselves complicit in serious human rights abuses...Amnesty International called on the aviation sector to take specific and immediate action to ensure that aviation companies do not lease their aircraft in circumstances in which they may be used in renditions. The onus is on companies to ensure that they are aware of the end use of any aircraft they lease or operate and that they do not facilitate human rights violations.

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