Topic: National Security and Counterterrorism
Big Brother Watch v. United Kingdom
The European Court of Human Rights held that the UK’s bulk interception regime violated the right to privacy for its lack of sufficient oversight and safeguards.
Vereda La Esperanza v. Colombia
States must conduct effective investigations into serious violations of human rights committed during armed conflict.
Etxebarria v. Spain
A challenge to Spain’s anti-terrorism detention regulations argues that holding two suspects incommunicado without independent legal and medical advice created conditions for abuse.
Al-Nashiri v. Romania
The complaint calls for a proper investigation into Romania's responsibility for the CIA's abuse of Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri at a secret prison on its territory and other violations of the European Convention on Human Rights.
Al-Nashiri v. Poland
The ECHR ruled in favor of Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, finding that Poland had allowed his illegal rendition, detention and torture at a secret prision run by the CIA.
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.
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.
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.
Polish Prosecutor Recognizes Guantanamo Prisoner as Victim in CIA Black Site Investigation
The Polish prosecutor's office has granted Guantanamo prisoner Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri status as a victim in a pending criminal investigation into a CIA black site in Poland, following a complaint brought by lawyers working with the Open Society...
Top European Court Demands Answers on CIA Rendition
Macedonia has become the first government called to account for its collaboration with the CIA's extraordinary rendition program before an international tribunal.
Mistaken Identity, Rendition and Abuse: CIA Case Before Europe’s Top Court
The case of a German citizen who was mistakenly seized in Macedonia and shipped in secret to Afghanistan for interrogation is to be heard on May 16 by the 17 judges of the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights.
Open Society Justice Initiative Condemns Kenyan Government Allegations
The Open Society Justice Initiative is calling on the Kenyan government to immediately withdraw false allegations made before the Kenyan parliament with regard to the May 2010 deportation of Justice Initiative fellow Clara Gutteridge.
Lawsuit Calls on European Court to Intervene in Guantánamo Death Penalty Case
The Open Society Justice Initiative has called on the European Court of Human Rights to instruct Poland to intervene by June 30 against possible capital charges for Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, who was tortured on Polish soil.
CIA Rendition Case Reaches Top European Court
The European Court of Human Rights will consider the case of a German citizen who was kidnapped and beaten in connection with the CIA’s extraordinary rendition program, the Open Society Justice Initiative revealed today.
U.S. Should Publicly Admit to Wrongful Rendition
The Open Society Justice Initiative has called on the U.S. to publicly confirm that the extraordinary rendition of Khaled El-Masri was a mistake.
Germany Urged to Aid El-Masri's Quest for Justice
In a letter to German Chancellor Angela Merkel, the Open Society Justice Initiative requested confirmation that the U.S. privately admitted to making an error in Khaled El-Masri's case.
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.
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.
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 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.