Topic: National Security and Counter­terrorism

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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
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Press release

Kenya Must Investigate Abuses by its Anti-Terrorism Police Unit

Kenya's specialist anti-terrorism police must be held accountable for a record of human rights abuses that includes credible allegations of involvement in extra-judicial killings.

November 19, 2013
Voices

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
Press release

Poland’s Role in CIA Torture and Rendition: Court Hearing Set for December 3

Poland’s role in the torture and secret detention of Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, a Saudi national now facing a possible death sentence before a U.S. military commission, will be examined at a public hearing in Strasbourg.

October 24, 2013
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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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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
Voices

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
Press release

European Endorsement for Tshwane Principles on National Security and Right to Information

A committee of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe has called on member states to take the Tshwane Principles into account when modernizing regulations and practices.

June 24, 2013
Press release

FBI Responds to Kampala Abuse Allegations Cited in Open Society Justice Initiative Report

The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigations has rejected allegations that its officers were involved in the physical abuse of suspects in Kampala as being “without merit.”

June 17, 2013
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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Voices

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
Voices

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
Press release

New Principles Address the Balance between National Security and the Public’s Right to Know

The Tshwane principles focus on how to ensure public access to government information without jeopardizing legitimate efforts to protect people from national security threats.

June 12, 2013
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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Publication

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
First page of PDF with filename: global-principles-national-security-10232013.pdf
Voices

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
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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
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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
First page of PDF with filename: african-commission-letter-counterterrorism-20130413.pdf
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