Topic: National Security and Counter­terrorism

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
First page of PDF with filename: briefing-com-elmasri-20191126.pdf
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
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Justice Initiative Seeks Release of Unpublished Research on UK Government's Counter-Extremism Strategy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
First page of PDF with filename: germany-drones-case-background-20190308.pdf
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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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

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
Briefing Paper

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.

October 2018
First page of PDF with filename: submission-uncat-netherlands-20181015.pdf
Voices

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.

June 08, 2018 | Amrit Singh
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European Court Finds Romania Hosted CIA Secret Prison

In a unanimous ruling delivered in Strasbourg, the European Court of Human Rights found that Romania hosted a secret CIA prison between September 2003 and November 2005.

May 31, 2018
Press release

European Court Finds Romania Hosted CIA Secret Prison

The European Court of Human Rights ordered the Romanian government to investigate the secret detention, rendition, and torture of Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, and to punish those responsible.

May 31, 2018
Press release

Macedonia Issues Apology for Involvement in Torture by CIA

Macedonia has formally apologized to a man it unlawfully seized, held incommunicado, and handed over to the CIA. This is a welcome development, but an apology is not enough.

April 03, 2018
Briefing Paper

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.

November 01, 2017
First page of PDF with filename: hrc-joint-submission-force-20171101.pdf
Voices

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.

October 30, 2017 | Jonathan Horowitz
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
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