The secret is officially out: CIA’s black sites operated in Poland. Earlier this summer, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) issued a ruling confirming the existence of such prisons on Polish territory. While international human rights organizations have praised the ruling, some Polish officials and journalists are calling it unfair towards Poland. Others say the formal revelation might be an opportunity for Poland to resolve some of its current governance issues.

The ECHR determined that Poland violated numerous articles of the European Convention on Human Rights, including the prohibition of torture and inhumane treatment of prisoners, the right to liberty and security, and the right to a fair trial. Two men – Abu Zubaydah and Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri – who where held and tortured in the detention centre in Poland, brought the case to the European Court. In compensation, the court awarded Zubaydah and al-Nashiri €130,000 ($170,700 USD) and €100,000 ($131,200 USD), respectively. [Read more] – Michael’s Blog