Unjustified claims that ‘state secrets’ will be revealed are too often shielding wrongdoing

Strasbourg, 06.10.2011 – Unjustified resort to the doctrine of “state secrets” is too often shielding secret services and intelligence agencies from scrutiny of involvement in human rights violations such as torture, abduction or renditions, PACE has said.

In a resolution adopted today, based on a report by Dick Marty (Switzerland, ALDE), the Assembly said information on responsibility for such violations should not be considered as state secrets worthy of protection.

It also evaluated the various judicial or parliamentary inquiries launched after two major Assembly reports five years ago named European governments which had hosted CIA secret prisons or colluded in rendition and torture.