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European Endorsement for Tshwane Principles on National Security and Right to Information
A committee of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe has called on member states to take the Tshwane Principles into account when modernizing regulations and practices.
FBI Responds to Kampala Abuse Allegations Cited in Open Society Justice Initiative Report
The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigations has rejected allegations that its officers were involved in the physical abuse of suspects in Kampala as being “without merit.”
New Principles Address the Balance between National Security and the Public’s Right to Know
The Tshwane principles focus on how to ensure public access to government information without jeopardizing legitimate efforts to protect people from national security threats.
Lithuania’s Silence on CIA Abuses Faces European Court Challenge
Lithuania’s refusal to release information related to its role in CIA counterterrorism abuses is being challenged at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg.
New Report Delivers Unprecedented Account of CIA Torture Program
More than 50 countries have been implicated in kidnapping, detention, and torture as part of the CIA’s secret detention and extraordinary rendition programs, according to the Open Society Justice Initiative.
European Court Vindicates Rendition Claims, Finds CIA Engaged in Torture
The European Court ruling said Khaled El-Masri's story of mistaken rendition and torture by the CIA was established "beyond reasonable doubt."
European Court Schedules Landmark Ruling on CIA Rendition Case
The European Court of Human Rights will deliver its judgment on December 13 in a landmark case addressing Macedonia's role in the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency's programe of extraordinary rendition.
New Report Documents Counterterrorism and Human Rights Abuses in Kenya and Uganda
Civil society groups in East Africa have joined the Open Society Justice Initiative in calling on the governments of Kenya and Uganda to end a pattern of human rights abuses associated with their counterterrorism efforts.