Topic: National Security and Counter­terrorism

Litigation

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.

Last update: June 19, 2017
Litigation

Vereda La Esperanza v. Colombia

States must conduct effective investigations into serious violations of human rights committed during armed conflict.

Last update: July 27, 2016
Litigation

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.

Last update: October 06, 2014
Litigation

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.

Last update: December 19, 2018
Litigation

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.

Last update: August 29, 2014
Litigation

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.

Last update: June 27, 2019
Press release

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
Press release

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
Press release

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.

October 30, 2017
Press release

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...

October 27, 2010
Press release

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.

October 14, 2010
Press release

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.

February 07, 2012
Press release

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.

June 03, 2011
Press release

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.

May 10, 2011
Press release

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.

June 14, 2010
Press release

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.

May 11, 2010
Press release

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.

May 11, 2010
Advocacy update

Khashoggi FOIA Case Documents Available Online

The Open Society Justice Initiative has begun to publish online materials released by the U.S. government, in response to a Freedom of Information Act petition seeking the release of records relating to the murder of Jamal Khashoggi.

Press release

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.

November 30, 2016
Press release

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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