Amnesty International welcomes EU efforts to combat impunity

The measures adopted yesterday by the Commission to strengthen judicial cooperation in criminal matters, include the European arrest warrant and the surrender procedures between the member states. Amnesty International welcomes the facilitation of extradition for certain offences, such as crimes against humanity and torture.

'Amnesty International would support the extradition of anyone accused of involvement in these crimes to a country in which they will be brought to justice in trials which uphold internationally recognized rights of fair trail and in which the penalties for those convicted do not involve the death penalty, torture, or other forms of cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment', said Dick Oosting, Director of Amnesty International's EU Office.

Amnesty International recommends that such safeguards be explicitly stated, to ensure they apply to all current and future EU member states, as well as to any other state with whom the EU may wish to undertake agreements in this regard.

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