Hundreds of Muslim men globally suffered kidnappings, incommunicado detention, and torture because of the US’ post 9/11 extraordinary rendition programs, MUHURI said on November 16, 2021.
“9/11” refers to a series of four coordinated terrorist attacks by the militant Islamist terrorist group al-Qaeda against the United States (US) on the morning of September 11, 2001.
The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) is heading these programs that has systematically abducted people from locations across the world to other countries for torture, MUHURI added.
“The capture, transportation or detainment of an individual with the intent to inflict extreme levels of physical, psychological and emotional pain to gain intelligence means that the USA placed itself as a key actor and hence can be directly held accountable for the harm caused,” MUHURI said.
MUHURI spoke during the 69th ordinary session of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR) hosted in Dakar, Senegal.
The meeting focused on the human rights situation in Africa, state party reports and more. It started on November 15, 2021, and is scheduled to end on December 5.
Ahead of its presentation, MUHURI had, on September 27, 2021, submitted a shadow report to the Commission demonstrating how the Kenya government also carried out and aided these crimes.
Executive Director Marie Ramtu expounded on the report when she took the floor and stressed the need to hold the US and its partners accountable for human rights abuses.
“Illustratively, on May 27, 2020, the Inter-American Commission found the US liable for the torture and refoulment of Djamel Ameziane, an Algerian national who was formerly detained at the Guantanamo Bay,” Ramtu said.
Ramtu said the African human rights system is yet to address the merits of any “war on terror” claims.
MUHURI supported ACHPR’s efforts to have all member states ratify the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance.
Read the statement here.
Read the shadow report here.