Topic: National Security and Counter­terrorism

Voices

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is Deploying a Massive New Database to Gather Biometric Information

A new U.S. Department of Homeland Security biometric database is projected to contain information on hundreds of millions of people by 2022 and represents an alarming development to scale up the agency's surveillance and information-sharing ability.

September 08, 2020 | Lesley Nash
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Advocacy update

Justice Initiative Files Submission Requesting New UK Sanctions against Saudi Crown Prince

The Justice Initiative has made a submission to U.K. Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab requesting that he designate the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, Mohammed bin Salman, as an “involved person” in the 2018 murder of Jamal Khashoggi under the Global Human Rights Sanctions Regulations 2020.

September 08, 2020
Press release

Justice Initiative Sues Office of the Director of National Intelligence for Khashoggi Report

The Open Society Justice Initiative has filed a lawsuit seeking to compel the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) to immediately make public its assessment of who is responsible for the murder of Jamal Khashoggi.

August 19, 2020
Advocacy update

Justice Initiative Calls on U.S. to Deploy Global Magnitsky Act to Curb COVID-19 Rights and Corruption Abuses

The Open Society Justice Initiative is calling on the U.S. government to use the Global Magnitsky Act to address human rights abuses and corruption related to COVID-19 pandemic responses around the world.

July 09, 2020
Advocacy update

The UK's Prevent Strategy Review is Fundamentally Flawed

The credibility of the UK government's supposedly Independent Review of its Prevent strategy is undermined by the narrow scope of its terms of reference, and the lack of independence of its head.

December 08, 2019
Briefing Paper

The Case of Khaled el-Masri v. FYRO Macedonia

An update on the implementation of the European Court of Human Rights ruling in the case of Khaled el-Masri, a Germany national who was seized and detained in 2004 i in what was then the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, and handed over to the CIA and rendered to Afghanistan.

November 26, 2019
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Press release

Justice Initiative Warns against Dropping Inquiry Demand in CIA Kidnap Case

The Open Society Justice Initiative is urging continued European pressure on North Macedonia to properly investigate its role in the kidnapping, torture and rendition to Afghanistan of Khaled el-Masri, a German national, as required by a landmark 2012 ruling of the European Court of Human Rights.

November 26, 2019
Press release

Federal Court Issues First Decision Against U.S. Government in Khashoggi Records Case

A federal district court in New York issued its first judgement on Open Society Justice Initiative’s lawsuit seeking the immediate release of government records related to Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi.

August 07, 2019
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

Justice Initiative Seeks Release of Unpublished Research on UK Government's Counter-Extremism Strategy

The Open Society Justice Initiative is calling on the UK government to publish expert research that appears to challenge the effectiveness of its controversial "Prevent" counter-extremism strategy.

June 20, 2019
Advocacy update

In Light of U.N. Khashoggi Investigation, Open Society Justice Initiative Renews Calls for Accountability

A new UN report calls for the an international criminal investigation into the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, underlining the importance of efforts by the Justice Initiative to secure the release of all U.S. government documents relating to the case.

June 19, 2019
Voices

Q&A: German Court Demands Greater Scrutiny of U.S. Drone Attacks

For years, Germany has cooperated with the United States’ controversial use of drone strikes. A new court ruling may force the government to reassess.

March 21, 2019
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Press release

German Court Ruling on U.S. Drone Strikes Leaves Victim’s Son without Redress

A German court has rejected the complaint of a Somali herdsman over the death of his father in a U.S. drone strike in 2012, in a case that highlighted the role of U.S. facilities in Germany in the drone program.

March 19, 2019
Briefing Paper

Challenging German Support for U.S. Drone Strikes

On Wednesday, March 13, an administrative appeals court in Northern Germany will review a legal challenge filed by a Somali herdsman whose innocent father was killed in a U.S. drone strike.

March 2019
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Voices

How Weaponizing Citizenship Hurts the Justice System

No one should have their citizenship revoked as a form of punishment. It’s wrong—and it undermines the rule of law.

March 04, 2019 | Natasha Arnpriester
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Press release

Open Society Justice Initiative Joins Call for Justice for Jamal Khashoggi

U.S. human rights and media freedom groups are calling on Washington for immediate concrete steps to pursue justice for Jamal Khashoggi, the Saudi journalist brutally murdered in Istanbul in October last year.

February 07, 2019
Press release

Open Society Justice Initiative Sues U.S. Government for Khashoggi Records

A lawsuit filed in federal court in the South District of New York seeks the immediate release of government records relating to the killing of U.S. resident and Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi.

January 09, 2019
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
Press release

Freedom of Information Filing Seeks Disclosure of CIA Records on Khashoggi Killing

The CIA and other agencies should release records for a public evaluation of the federal government’s efforts to investigate and hold accountable those responsible for Jamal Khashoggi’s killing.

December 04, 2018
Press release

European Rights Court Rejects Romania’s Challenge to CIA Secret Prison Ruling

The European Court of Human Rights has rejected the Romanian government’s bid to challenge the court’s May 2018 ruling that Romania illegally hosted a secret CIA prison on its territory.

October 15, 2018
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