Joint CagePrisoners and Reprieve report.
Reprieve and Cageprisoners are deeply concerned for the fate of 63 prisoners believed to be held in secret detention in Somalia and Ethiopia, apparent victims of a mass rendition operation from Kenya involving nationals of at least 16 states: Canada, Comoros, Ethiopia, Eritrea, France, Kenya, Oman, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sweden, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States and Yemen. Among the 63 are nine women and six children. The 63 were apparently transferred with no observance of any judicial process, and are at serious risk of torture.
Many of the victims were among hundreds of people arrested in a joint U.S., U.K. and Ethiopian operation on the Kenya/Somali border in December 2007 and January 2007. They were initially transferred to detention facilities in Kenya where they were held without charge for up to three weeks.
Reprieve and Cageprisoners believe that prisoners held in Kenya were visited repeatedly by foreign intelligence agents including the F.B.I. and the U.K. MI5, although none of them appear to have been given any consular assistance during that time.
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