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German Court Ruling on U.S. Drone Strikes Leaves Victim’s Son without Redress
A German court has rejected the complaint of a Somali herdsman over the death of his father in a U.S. drone strike in 2012, in a case that highlighted the role of U.S. facilities in Germany in the drone program.
European Rights Court Rejects Romania’s Challenge to CIA Secret Prison Ruling
The European Court of Human Rights has rejected the Romanian government’s bid to challenge the court’s May 2018 ruling that Romania illegally hosted a secret CIA prison on its territory.
European Court Finds Romania Hosted CIA Secret Prison
The European Court of Human Rights ordered the Romanian government to investigate the secret detention, rendition, and torture of Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, and to punish those responsible.
Macedonia Issues Apology for Involvement in Torture by CIA
Macedonia has formally apologized to a man it unlawfully seized, held incommunicado, and handed over to the CIA. This is a welcome development, but an apology is not enough.
Antiterrorism Detention Regime in the Netherlands Breaches Human Rights
Dutch authorities are detaining people in inhuman conditions at special terrorism prisons in De Schie and Vught, Amnesty International and the Open Society Justice Initiative said in a report.
Prosecutors Whitewash Germany’s Role in Civilian Drone Strike Death
German prosecutors are blocking an investigation into the death of an innocent Somali herdsman, killed by a U.S. drone operated from airbases inside Germany.
New European Union Directive on Counterterrorism is Seriously Flawed
European Union member states must ensure that a new effort to standardize counterterrorism laws does not undermine fundamental freedoms and the rule of law.
Romania’s Role in CIA Torture and Rendition Comes Before European Court
Romania’s efforts to draw a veil over its support for the Central Intelligence Agency’s program of torture and secret rendition a decade ago will come under unprecedented scrutiny at the European Court of Human Rights.