Leading HR groups urge Spanish torture investigation

December 16, 2010

The Center for Constitutional Rights reports:

two leading human rights groups filed papers urging a Spanish judge to open a criminal investigation into the role of former Bush administration officials, including torture memo authors John Yoo and Jay Bybee, for their part in creating a legal framework that permitted the torture of detainees held in U.S. custody. The filing comes on the heels of the release of diplomatic cables by the media organization WikiLeaks that show how the U.S. pressured Spanish officials to derail the investigation. In their filing, the New York-based Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) and the Berlin based European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR) submitted a joint expert opinion that supplements papers filed in April of this year.

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