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    Earlier on Tuesday, Amnesty International published its report outlining Europe's role in secret CIA torture operations. The governments cited in the report include Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Germany, Macedonia and the UK, the last has been described as the "most important US ally" in CIA operations.

    MOSCOW, January 21 (Sputnik) — Moscow has urged the EU to investigate human rights abuses by the CIA in secret detention centers in Europe, Russian Foreign Ministry human rights ombudsman Konstantin Dolgov said Wednesday.

    "Our European colleagues had better conduct a real transparent investigation of gross human rights violations on their soil as part of CIA [torture] programs, instead of chasing after 'human rights chimeras' and imposing double standards," Dolgov said, in a statement published on the ministry's website.

    Commenting on Amnesty International's earlier report implicating several European governments in the use of torture, Dolgov called for a comprehensive and effective investigation into the allegations.

    "With the active help of specialized human rights institutions and organizations, the international community must facilitate the achievement of results in this regard, [and] the perpetrators brought to justice," the diplomat said.

    The governments cited in the report include Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Germany, Macedonia and the United Kingdom, the last has been described as the "most important US ally" in CIA operations.

    "It is stated that not a single of the mentioned European states conducted a comprehensive independent investigation into the issue. On the contrary, there is a constant routine of ignoring these processes," Dolgov stated.

    Earlier on Tuesday, Amnesty International published its report outlining Europe's role in secret CIA kidnap and torture operations, calling for an end to "denials and cover-ups."

    "Breaking the Conspiracy of Silence: USA's European 'partners in crime' must act after Senate torture report" was released in the wake of last month's US Senate Intelligence Committee executive summary of CIA interrogation techniques. The document describes a wide range of torture practices, such as waterboarding, mock executions, prolonged sleep deprivation and threats of sexual abuse.

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