'Totally Arbitrary': Marty Slams EU, UN Terror Blacklists
The Council of Europe has criticized UN and EU terror blacklists, calling for European countries to revise procedures for creating the controversial rosters, which can lead to the imposition of draconian measures against innocent people.
Swiss Senator and Council of Europe investigator Dick Marty: "A serial killer in Europe ... has a lot more rights."
"There are no procedures for an independent review of decisions taken," the report states. "A serial killer in Europe … has a lot more rights," Marty told reporters, referring to the fact that individuals can be placed on the lists on the basis of "mere suspicion" and cannot defend themselves or try to get themselves removed. Marty has called on European governments to overhaul the procedures and make them fairer.
The Council of Europe, which includes lawmakers from 47 European member countries, is expected to debate the report during its Jan. 21-25 session.
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