Topic: National Security and Counter­terrorism


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

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
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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

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

Case Watch: Kenya Judge Rules against “War on Terror” Renditions

The judgment demonstrated the willingness of the Kenyan judiciary to hold the executive to account for human rights abuses committed in the name of national security and counterterrorism.

September 03, 2013 | Jonathan Horowitz

Sentencing Private Manning

Private Bradley Manning has been given a 35-year prison sentence for leaking classified U.S. government documents. What penalty would be considered proportionate to the harm caused under international standards?

August 21, 2013 | Sandra Coliver
Fact Sheet

The Tshwane Principles on National Security and the Right to Information: An Overview in 15 Points

A 15-point summary of the Tshwane Principles, which address the question of how to ensure public access to government information without jeopardizing legitimate efforts to combat national security threats.

June 2013
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Case Watch: National Security, Secrets, and Deportation

Can deportation be based on secret grounds to protect national security? The Court of Justice of the European Union recently took up the question.

June 12, 2013 | Simon Cox

Whistleblowers and Secrets: Twelve Principles

A new set of global principles addresses the question of how to ensure public access to government information, without jeopardizing legitimate efforts to protect people from national security threats.

June 12, 2013 | Jonathan Birchall
Briefing Paper

Understanding the Tshwane Principles

A question-and-answer introduction to the new Global Principles on National Security and the Right to Information.

June 12, 2013
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The Global Principles on National Security and the Right to Information (The Tshwane Principles)

The Tshwane Principles offer global standards on how to ensure the fullest possible public access to information, while protecting legitimate national security concerns.

June 12, 2013
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Case Watch: UN Committee Urges United Kingdom to Confront Iraq Abuses

On the heels of a decision by a national court, the Committee against Torture urged the UK to set up a single independent public inquiry to investigate allegations of torture of detainees in Iraq.

June 04, 2013 | Jonathan Horowitz

Case Watch: British Judges Raise Standards for Investigating Wartime Abuses

The High Court in London has ordered the UK government to overhaul the way it investigates hundreds of allegations of unlawful killings and detainee abuse by British soldiers in Iraq.

May 29, 2013 | Jonathan Horowitz & Steve Kostas

Case Watch: A Court in Pakistan Addresses U.S. Drone Attacks

The Peshawar High Court has ruled that U.S. drone attacks on Pakistani territory are illegal, but without delivering solid supporting legal arguments.

May 28, 2013 | Jonathan Horowitz & Christopher Rogers
Briefing Paper

Letter to the African Commission on Human Rights and Terrorism

A joint letter to the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights on human rights and terrorism, delivered by the Open Society Justice Initiative, alongside eleven African civil society groups.

April 2013
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Poland’s Damaging Failure to Respond to CIA Black Site Case

Poland’s failure to cooperate with the European Court of Human Rights over a secret CIA prison is jeopardizing its wider commitment to human rights.

March 21, 2013 | Adam Bodnar

Human Rights Monitoring Institute v. Republic of Lithuania

The Lithuanian Customs Department refused to disclose information that might have exposed its complicity in the CIA's rendition, detention and torture programs.

Last update: February 27, 2013

Italian Court Sets a Standard for Accountability for CIA Abuses

An Italian court has set a standard for accountability for the abuses perpetrated by a global network of states that worked with the CIA to secretly detain and extraordinarily render terror suspects after September 11, 2001.

February 19, 2013 | Stacy Cammarano

Why Violence in Africa Presents an Existential Threat

Advocates seeking a more open and democratic society in Africa have mostly failed to grasp the extent of the threat posed by violence.

February 13, 2013 | Chidi Odinkalu

20 Extraordinary Facts about CIA Extraordinary Rendition and Secret Detention

After the 9-11 attacks against the United States, the CIA conspired with dozens of governments to build a secret extraordinary rendition and detention program that spanned the globe.

February 05, 2013 | Jonathan Horowitz & Stacy Cammarano
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