Topic: National Security and Counter­terrorism

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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.

October 2017
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Press release

Prosecutors Whitewash Germany’s Role in Civilian Drone Strike Death

German prosecutors are blocking an investigation into the death of an innocent Somali herdsman, killed by a U.S. drone operated from airbases inside Germany.

August 30, 2017
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
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
Report

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.

October 2016
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Litigation

State Attorney of Israel v. Breaking the Silence

An Israeli NGO, Breaking the Silence, opposed a demand from the government to hand over documentation that would expose its confidential sources.

Last update: October 18, 2016
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
Press release

Romania’s Role in CIA Torture and Rendition Comes Before European Court

Romania’s efforts to draw a veil over its support for the Central Intelligence Agency’s program of torture and secret rendition a decade ago will come under unprecedented scrutiny at the European Court of Human Rights.

June 20, 2016
Litigation

United States v. Private First Class Chelsea Manning

The 35-year prison sentence handed down to Private First Class Chelsea Manning by a United States military court in August 2013 far exceeded international legal norms.

Last update: May 19, 2016
Press release

Lawyers Say Court Errs in Ignoring German Role in U.S. Drone Strikes

A German court erred in rejecting a legal challenge to Germany’s support for targeted killings carried out by the United States, according to lawyers for the complainant.

April 27, 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
Voices

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.

February 23, 2016 | Carolyn O’Neil
Publication

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.

March 24, 2015
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Litigation

Al-Waheed and Ministry of Defence

This case considers whether the detention of prisoners by UK troops in a non-international conflict should be governed by human rights law, or the laws of war.

Last update: February 07, 2016
Voices

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.

October 07, 2015 | Simon Cox
Voices

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.

June 24, 2015 | Sandra Coliver
Report

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.

April 2015
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Press release

New Report Details Civilian Harm from U.S. Drone Strikes in Yemen

A new report from the Open Society Justice Initiative details nine cases in which civilians, including children, were killed or injured by drone attacks between May, 2012 and April, 2014.

April 13, 2015
Voices

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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Voices

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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