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.
Al-Waheed and Ministry of Defence
This case considers whether the detention of prisoners by UK troops in a non-international conflict should be governed by human rights law, or the laws of war.
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.
Open Society Justice Initiative v. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) et al
The Justice Initiative seeks the public release by U.S. government agencies of all documents related to the brutal murder in Istanbul of Jamal Khashoggi, a Saudi Arabian dissident writer and editor, and a U.S. permanent resident.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Fresh Evidence Shows Polish Government, CIA Cooperation on Renditions
Human rights groups have obtained official flight records confirming that at least six CIA rendition flights landed in Poland in 2003, revealing details of a cover-up by U.S. and Polish authorities.
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.
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.
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.
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.