“Intelligence secrecy is no excuse for covering up human rights violations” says Commissioner
[02/11/09 11:00] "Intelligence agencies have acquired new powers and resources - but they are not kept under sufficient political and judicial control. Governments should improve the oversight of these services" writes Commissioner Thomas Hammarberg in his new Viewpoint article. In particular, he points out the need to control co-operation between agencies in different countries. "Investigations into human rights violations have been prevented with the argument that such exposure would disturb the inter-agency collaboration" he says.