Scottish protest against CIA rendition flights

Human rights campaigners were protesting outside the Scottish Parliament, in Edinburgh, Thursday, urging ministers to ban the use of the country's airports for so-called "rendition" flights, the organizers said.

Scottish protest against CIA rendition flights
Human rights campaigners were protesting outside the Scottish Parliament, in Edinburgh, Thursday, urging ministers to ban the use of the country's airports for so-called "rendition" flights, the organizers said.

There have been repeated calls for an inquiry into claims that US aircraft transporting alleged terror suspects have been making stops on Scottish soil.

Members of the protest group "Scotland Against Criminalising Communities" said they were dressing in Guantanamo-style orange boiler suits as they plead with the newly-formed Scottish administration to take action.

A spokesman told reporters, "We think that Scotland's international reputation is being damaged by its continuing failure either to conduct any official investigation into past incidents at Scottish airports or to put in place any procedures that could prevent our airports being used to facilitate kidnapping, illegal detention and torture in the future.

"We will be asking the Scottish Executive and the Scottish Parliament to act urgently to make Scotland a place where questions are asked when human rights are at risk," he said.

Member of the Scottish Parliament Jamie Hepburn backed calls for an inquiry earlier this week.

The Scottish National Party member wrote to Cabinet Secretary for Justice Kenny MacAskill, calling the allegations "a stain on the reputation of our nation." The British Government has denied reports that UK airports have been used by the American Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) to transfer terror suspects to third countries.
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