Topic: National Security and Counter­terrorism

Fact Sheet

El-Masri and CIA 'Capture Shock'

Violence used in the extraordinary rendition of Khaled El-Masri followed guidelines developed by the CIA for intimidating suspects before interrogation.

December 11, 2012
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Counterterrorism and Human Rights Abuses in Kenya and Uganda: The World Cup Bombing and Beyond

In 2010, more than 70 people were killed in two bomb attacks in Kampala, Uganda. The subsequent counterrorism response has included unlawful renditions, arbitrary detention and the physical abuse of suspects.

November 2012
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Fact Sheet

Investigations into CIA Renditions

A summary of inquiries into human rights abuses linked to the CIA’s program of “extraordinary renditions” of terrorism suspects, launched after September 11, 2001.

November 2013
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Case Watch: Untangling UN Anti-Terrorism Sanctions and Human Rights

A ruling from the European Court of Human Rights considers the impact of a UN terrorism sanction list on the rights of an individual in Switzerland.

September 14, 2012 | Jonathan Horowitz

Assassinations, Disappearances, and Riots: What’s Happening in Mombasa?

Days after a controversial Muslim cleric was gunned down, violent protests have engulfed the streets of the Kenyan city of Mombasa. We asked a local human rights activist to help us understand the volatile situation.

August 29, 2012 | Jonathan Horowitz

Time for Romania to Face the Truth over Secret CIA Prison

For the sake of its future, Romania must face up to its role in enabling abuses at a secret basement prison that the CIA codenamed "Bright Light".

August 06, 2012 | Amrit Singh

UK Veto on Iraq Papers a Setback for the Public’s Right to Know

The veto of a freedom of information request for details of government discussions on the 2003 invasion of Iraq favors the principle of cabinet confidentiality.

August 02, 2012 | Rebecca Wolozin

Avoiding Civilian Casualties: the U.S. Army Lays Out its Guidelines

The new guidelines are welcome, yet they present the avoidance of civilian casualties more as an optional doctrine to achieve better military results, rather than a legal obligation that soldiers must obey.

July 25, 2012 | Jonathan Horowitz

Living in a Shadow of Perpetual Suspicion

Rizwaan Sabir was treated as a terrorism suspect for downloading a document for his academic research in 2008. His story highlights concerns about how anti-terrorism powers are being used by UK police.

July 17, 2012 | Rebekah Delsol

European Court Probes for Truth on CIA’s Secret Prison in Poland

The European Court of Human Rights is asking Poland for information on a CIA secret prison, moving far beyond anything done in the U.S. to address alleged abuses committed in the post-9/11 "war on terror".

July 16, 2012 | Amrit Singh

El-Masri v. Macedonia

The European Court of Human Rights has ruled in favor of Khaled El-Masri, in his complaint over Macedonia's involvement in his extraordinary rendition and torture by the CIA.

Last update: July 15, 2012

Case Watch: Australia's Complicity in Torture—An Update

Did the Australian government participate in the overseas detention and torture of one of its citizens? A new independent inquiry has answers.

October 14, 2011 | Ben Batros

U.S. Cannot Close Door on Legacy of Torture So Easily

The U.S. has said it will investigate only two out of almost 100 cases of alleged mistreatment of terrorism suspects by the CIA. But international investigations and legal action into the abuses mean the questions will not go away.

August 01, 2011 | James A. Goldston

El Sharkawi v. Arab Republic of Egypt

Mohammed El Sharkawi was detained without trial under Egypt's Emergency Law for nearly 16 years, and tortured in custody. Since his release, there has been no acknowledgement that his detention violated human rights.

Last update: July 22, 2011

Europe Leads the Way Forward on Accountability for Torture

After a series of setbacks to efforts seeking accountability for CIA renditions, the European Parliament took an unexpected and positive step.

June 09, 2011 | Amrit Singh

Pretrial Detention and Torture: Why Pretrial Detainees Face the Greatest Risk

Of the nearly 10 million people detained globally, those held in pretrial detention face the most significant risk of torture and other forms of ill-treatment.

June 2011
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Ethnic Profiling

As the European Union weighs its counterterrorism policy, the Open Society Foundations have published a background paper on ethnic profiling for the EU Working Party on Terrorism.

June 2011
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As Poland’s Legacy of CIA Torture Erupts, Europe's Human Rights Court Must Act

New revelations about the CIA "black site" on Polish soil underscore the need for Europe's human rights court to act.

May 31, 2011 | Amrit Singh

U.S. Torture Puts a Stain on Europe

With the al-Nashiri rendition case, Europe has a chance to show the world that its human rights charter means what it says.

May 12, 2011 | Amrit Singh

Europe Must Intervene in Guantánamo Capital Case: Q&A with Amrit Singh

The Open Society Justice Initiative is calling on the European Court of Human Rights to intervene urgently in the first death penalty case to be tried by U.S. military commissions at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba.

May 09, 2011 | Jonathan Birchall
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