Topic: National Security and Counter­terrorism

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The Human Cost of Secret U.S. Drone Strikes in Yemen

Courageous on-the-ground researchers give the world a look at the reality of a counterterrorism strategy that some in the U.S. government would argue is a model program.

April 13, 2015 | Amrit Singh & Jonathan Horowitz
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Case Watch: UK Supreme Court Backs Government Rejection of Statelessness Claim

The UK Supreme Court ruled that stripping British nationality from a naturalized citizen accused of terrorism did not make him stateless, even when his country of birth repudiated the claim.

March 25, 2015 | Simon Cox
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Case Watch: UK Supreme Court Struggles with Pham Statelessness Conundrum

Details emerged during a UK Supreme Court hearing of secret British discussions with Vietnam, aimed at securing the deportation of a Vietnamese-born an alleged al-Qaida associate, who had been stripped of UK citizenship.

November 19, 2014 | Simon Cox
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Case Watch: UK Supreme Court Addresses “B2” Statelessness Challenge

The case of Pham Minh Quang before the UK Supreme Court raises fundamental questions about the obligations of governments under the 1954 convention on eliminating statelessness.

November 16, 2014 | Simon Cox
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Case Watch: European Court Strengthens Anti-Torture Safeguards

A ruling on Spain’s use of incommunicado detention for terrorism suspects calls for safeguards to ensure that suspects are protected from the risk of torture.

October 07, 2014 | Marion Isobel
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. 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
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After More Than a Decade, the Truth About CIA Torture in Poland

The European Court of Human Rights sent a clear message that abuses perpetrated by the CIA will not be tolerated in modern Europe, and those who perpetrate them will be held accountable.

July 24, 2014 | Amrit Singh
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Denmark, the CIA, and the Killing of Anwar al-Awlaki

A wealth of evidence demonstrates that the Danish intelligence services played a key role in the killing of U.S. citizen Anwar al-Awlaki by a drone strike in September 2011.

April 30, 2014 | Amrit Singh & Jessica Scholes
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Turning the Tide Against Torture

President Obama can declassify a long-awaited report written by the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence on the CIA's rendition, interrogation, and detention program.

April 08, 2014 | Amrit Singh
Briefing Paper

IACHR: Submission to Hearings on Right to Information and U.S. Surveillance

An analysis of United States' government surveillance practices within the framework of international human rights law and prevailing global standards.

October 2013 | Emi MacLean
First page of PDF with filename: IACHR hearing on US surveillance - 10 28 2013.pdf
Briefing Paper

UNHRC: Submission to Periodic Review of the United States

An analysis of United States' compliance with Article 19 of the Universal Declartion of Human Rights in the area of national security.

February 2014
First page of PDF with filename: Submission to UNHRC Re US Feb 2014 - final.pdf
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Case Watch: Colombia Says No to Blanket Limits on the Right to Information

The governments of Colombia and Peru have both tried to impose blanket bans on public access to information about national security issues; in Colombia, the Supreme Court said no.

January 27, 2014 | Emi MacLean
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Case Watch: A Step Forward for Constitutional Challenge to NSA Surveillance

U.S. Federal Judge Richard Leon agreed that the Fourth Amendment rights of two plaintiffs had been violated by the National Security Agency's mass surveillance of phone metadata.

December 18, 2013 | Jessica Scholes
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A Chance for Europe to Stand Up for Justice over CIA Torture

The European Court of Human Rights has a chance to deliver justice in relation to the CIA’s torture program, underlining the failure of institutions in the United States to do the same.

December 02, 2013 | Amrit Singh
Fact Sheet

Time Line: Al-Nashiri v. Poland at the European Court of Human Rights

A time line of events in the case of Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri against the government of Poland, over its role in his rendition, secret detention and torture on Polish soil by the CIA.

November 2013
First page of PDF with filename: nashiri-echr-timeline-11252013_0.pdf
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Kenya Needs to End Human Rights Abuses by Its Anti-Terrorism Police Unit

A record of human rights abuses is tarnishing the record of Kenya’s specialist anti-terrorism police, and undermining the country's efforts to combat terrorism.

November 19, 2013 | Jonathan Horowitz
Report

We’re Tired of Taking You to the Court: Human Rights Abuses by Kenya’s Anti-Terrorism Police Unit

This report presents credible allegations of extrajudicial killings and other human rights abuses by Kenya’s specialist anti-terrorism police unit.

November 20, 2013
First page of PDF with filename: human-rights-abuses-by-kenya-atpu-20140220.pdf
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Newly Discovered Military Archives May Throw Light on Past Abuses in Argentina

The discovery of some 1,500 files belonging to Argentina's former military dictatorship marks a step forwards for accountability for past human rights abuses.

November 06, 2013 | Sandra Coliver
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Case Watch: Peacekeepers, Liability and the Srebrenica Massacre

The Netherlands Supreme Court assigned liability for three deaths at Srebrenica to Dutch UN troops, in a ruling with implications for the immunity of UN-mandated peacekeepers.

October 04, 2013 | Eva Nudd
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