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Legal Complaint Targets Germany’s Role in U.S. Drone Program

A court in Cologne will hear a civil complaint on April 27 which argues that the use of U.S. bases on German territory to support drone strikes violates German law.

April 11, 2016
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New Report Details Civilian Harm from U.S. Drone Strikes in Yemen

A new report from the Open Society Justice Initiative details nine cases in which civilians, including children, were killed or injured by drone attacks between May, 2012 and April, 2014.

April 13, 2015
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European Court Rejects Poland’s Bid to Challenge CIA Black Site Ruling

The European Court of Human Rights has confirmed its landmark ruling that Poland illegally allowed the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency to operate a secret torture prison on its territory in 2002 and 2003.

February 17, 2015
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European Court Condemns Poland in Historic Ruling on CIA “Black Sites”

The European Court of Human Rights became the first court to publicly confirm the existence of the so-called “black site” secret prisons operated by the CIA in Europe after the September 11 attacks on the United States.

July 24, 2014
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Time for Denmark to Acknowledge Its Role in CIA’s al-Awlaki Killing

The Open Society Justice Initiative has filed Freedom of Information requests over Denmark’s role in the killing of Anwar al-Awlaki, an American citizen, in a CIA drone strike in 2011.

April 30, 2014
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Japan's New State Secrecy Law Threatens Public Accountability

Japan's new state secrecy law falls far below international standards in setting strict limits on the public’s right to know about national security and national defence issues.

December 05, 2013
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Kenya Must Investigate Abuses by its Anti-Terrorism Police Unit

Kenya's specialist anti-terrorism police must be held accountable for a record of human rights abuses that includes credible allegations of involvement in extra-judicial killings.

November 19, 2013
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Poland’s Role in CIA Torture and Rendition: Court Hearing Set for December 3

Poland’s role in the torture and secret detention of Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, a Saudi national now facing a possible death sentence before a U.S. military commission, will be examined at a public hearing in Strasbourg.

October 24, 2013
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