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Dutch tolerance of torture? CIA extraordinary rendition flights in the Netherlands

Eski, S and Eski, Y (2017) Dutch tolerance of torture? CIA extraordinary rendition flights in the Netherlands. Palgrave Communications. ISSN 2055-1045

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This article explores the (passive) role of the Dutch government in the CIA extraordinary rendition flights (ERFs), also known as “torture flights”. It shows why researching ERFs, as a crime of the powerful, is inherently problematic. Afterward, a concise overview follows of European involvement in ERFs and reluctance to investigate them. The article then considers the (known) facts and legal responsibility of the Netherlands regarding the ERFs, concluding with a discussion of the Dutch political discourse of denial of ERF involvement. The main argument is that the discourse of ERF denial fits and reflects the colonial present in which the Dutch government resides, concealing its darkest pages in history while hiding behind its contemporary (political) culture of tolerance and progressiveness.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
J Political Science > JX International law
Divisions: Humanities & Social Science
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Date Deposited: 24 Aug 2017 09:36
Last Modified: 04 Sep 2021 11:17
DOI or ID number: 10.1057/palcomms.2017.84
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/6979
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