06DUBLIN555

Classification: 
UNCLASSIFIED
Subject: 
PUBLIC DEBATE ON RENDITION AND SHANNON CONTINUES
Created: 
18 May 2006
Released: 
26 Aug 2011
Summary: 
On May 9th Amnesty and Irish Centre for Human Rights (NUI Galway) held a seminar on extraordinary rendition at Trinity college. The cable gives details of notable UN panelists that attended including Manfred Nowak. They aimed to talk about rendition and torture in general but veered towards allegations at Shannon. Comments from panellists on CIA using private plane operators and Chicago convention to exploit disclosure rules are reported. Panelists didn't think states have right to search planes. A summary of each panellists talk is given in the cable. One section entitled Nowak Vs Horgan covers Nowak comments on Edward Horgan claims that a technician had seen a man in an orange jumpsuit shackled in a plane and another attendee's statement that Gardai had been instructed not to search planes. Nowak described these as "simple allegations" and said that "no substantial evidence" had been brought forth about Shannon's involvement. Nowak later told the press that the "proper way to address these issues is through the forum of international law and by working with NGOs to pressure state governments to exercise their responsibility." The US Ambassador commented that the panelists were "fairly neutral in their remarks, in contrast with the passions that normally characterize Irish public discourse on the issue." He cites Nowak's criticism of Horgan as a "highlight" of the seminar.