Topic: National Security and Counterterrorism
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Submission to the UN Commission against Torture Review of the Netherlands
This submission argues that the Dutch government’s use of specialized high-security “terrorist” detention units has led to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.
Europe’s Human Rights Court Shines More Light on the CIA’s Black Site Torture Program
A ruling from the European Court of Human Rights requires Romania to finally acknowledge that it hosted a secret CIA prison on its territory between 2003 and 2005.
Joint Submission on International Standards for Regulating the Use of Force
A submission to the Human Rights Committee from the Open Society Justice Initiative and four other rights groups on the interpretation of human rights law on the use of force.
Dutch Antiterrorism Detention Units Fall Short on Human Rights
Both suspects and convicted prisoners alike face long hours of solitary detention, strip searches, and restrictions on family visits, with no prospect of review.
Inhuman and Unnecessary: Human Rights Violations in Dutch High-Security Prisons in the Context of Counterterrorism
Prisoners in the Netherlands suspected or convicted of terrorism offenses face aggressive and intrusive security measures, regardless of the threat they might pose.
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.
Eroding Trust: The UK’s Prevent Counter-Extremism Strategy in Health and Education
Since 2015, the UK’s counter-extremism strategy has imposed a statutory duty on health and education professionals to report individuals at risk of being drawn into terrorism.
State Attorney of Israel v. Breaking the Silence
An Israeli NGO, Breaking the Silence, is opposing a demand from the government to hand over documentation that would expose its confidential sources.
Vereda La Esperanza v. Colombia
States must conduct effective investigations into serious violations of human rights committed during armed conflict.
Finding a Silver Lining in the UK Surveillance Controversy
Amid the intense debate over the UK’s proposed Investigatory Powers Bill, members of parliament are backing stronger protections for whistleblowers.
Comments on the Draft Additional Protocol to the Council of Europe Convention on the Prevention of Terrorism
This document was submitted to the Council of Europe's Committee on Foreign Terrorist Fighters and Related Issues, with comments on the Additional Protocol of the Convention on the Prevention of Terrorism.
Case Watch: Making Sense of the Schrems Ruling on Data Transfer
The ruling from the top EU court is subtle and careful—and it has already been misunderstood in some quarters.
Why Snowden Won’t Get the Public Interest Defense He Deserves
European members of parliament have called on the United States to give Edward Snowden a chance to defend his disclosures as being in the public interest.
Death by Drone
The U.S. has secretly been using drones to conduct targeted killings in Yemen since 2002. Using on-the-ground research, this report details civilian casualties caused by nine such attacks, carried out between 2012 and 2014.