Topic: National Security and Counter­terrorism

Fact Sheet

The Problem of Ethnic Profiling in Europe

This fact sheet explains the problem of ethnic profiling in Europe, and shows that the practice is wasteful as well as ineffective in fighting and preventing crime.

May 2011
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Case Watch: Peeling Back Secrecy Around Rendition

With a recent decision, a British court brought us one step closer to disclosure of the role the UK played in the secret detention and transfer of terror suspects. It's time for other countries to follow suit.

April 26, 2011 | Emi MacLean

Uganda Must Release Al Amin Kimathi

Human rights in Uganda are being eroded under the guise of preserving national security, and meanwhile, Western powers appear willing to turn a blind eye.

April 25, 2011 | Amrit Singh & Philippe Sands

CIA Rendition: The Beginning of the End of Impunity?

The abduction of an innocent man, which became one of the most embarrassing diplomatic incidents in recent memory, just got a little more embarrassing for the CIA.

February 10, 2011 | Darian Pavli

Case Watch: Australia's Complicity in Torture—No More Excuses

In an age where any inquiry by a government into its complicity in rendition and torture is rare, a small step from Australia is welcome. But we should not confuse it with proper accountability.

January 26, 2011 | Ben Batros

Breaking the Conspiracy of Silence: Europe and Extraordinary Rendition

An Amnesty International report released this week calls for a break in the conspiracy of silence surrounding Europe's complicity in CIA-driven torture and extraordinary renditions.

November 15, 2010 | Amrit Singh

Poland Must Account for Torture and Extraordinary Rendition on Its Soil

There is no doubt that Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri was brutally tortured while held in various CIA black sites, including in Poland. The U.S. government's own documents confirm this.

September 21, 2010 | Amrit Singh

The Salt Pit

"You are in a country with no laws," rendition victim Khaled El-Masri was told by his U.S. captors in the Kabul prison known as the Salt Pit.

June 15, 2010 | Darian Pavli

Accountability for Torture: Europe vs. United States

While the United States may not want to acknowledge how it tore Khaled El-Masri's life apart, European pressure may well compel the U.S. to finally come clean.

June 15, 2010 | Amrit Singh
Fact Sheet

Fact Sheet on Ethnic Profiling in Europe

This fact sheet, prepared by European Network Against Racism and the Open Society Institute, explains the practice of ethnic profiling across Europe.

October 2009
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What’s Wrong with Ethnic Profiling?

Ethnic profiling is illegal in Europe. It is ineffective in apprehending criminals. It is counterproductive in the campaign against terrorism. But police officers across Europe continue to use it.

June 24, 2009 | James A. Goldston

Ethnic Profiling in the European Union: Pervasive, Ineffective, and Discriminatory

Pervasive use of ethnic and religious stereotypes by law enforcement across Europe is harming efforts to combat crime and terrorism, according to this report released by the Open Society Justice Initiative.

May 2009
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Reflections on Twenty Years in Human Rights: The Rule of Law Movement in the Age of Terror

Open Society Justice Initiative executive director James A. Goldston looks at the impact of the war on terror on the effort to establish and consolidate the rule of law worldwide.

August 21, 2007 | James A. Goldston
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Ethnic Profiling Fails Europe

Since 9/11, ethnic profiling has become a major component of the fight against terrorism in several European countries.

June 29, 2006 | James A. Goldston & Rachel Neild

Ethnic Profiling and Counter-Terrorism: Trends, Dangers and Alternatives

Open Society Justice Initiative Executive Director James A. Goldston addressed the European Parliament's Seminar on Counter-Terrorism and Ethnic Profiling in Brussels. His presentation, "Ethnic Profiling and Counter-Terrorism: Trends, Dangers and...

June 6, 2006 | James A. Goldston
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Fighting Terrorism While Fighting Discrimination: Can Protocol No. 12 Help?

James A. Goldston, executive director of the Open Society Justice Initiative, posits that antidiscrimination legislature enshrined in the European Convention can actually facilitate the development of effective counterterrorist strategy.

October 11, 2005 | James A. Goldston
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Multiculturalism Is Not the Culprit

For more than three decades, Britain has led Europe in the adoption of antidiscrimination legislation. Ending Britain's historic openness to others would be a grave mistake, and would do nothing to address the threat of terrorism.

August 30, 2005 | James A. Goldston
Briefing Paper

Racial Discrimination in the Administration of Justice

A brief submitted by OSI's Open Society Justice Initiative to the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination prior to the opening of its 65th session.

August 2, 2004
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The Rising Tide: Freedom of Information in Southeast Europe

The Open Society Justice Initiative brought together Croatian political figures, activists, and experts from throughout Europe to secure support for the creation of a Croatian freedom of information law, and to discuss the recent emergence of...

July 2003
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Press release

CIA Rendition Case Reaches Top European Court

The European Court of Human Rights will consider the case of a German citizen who was kidnapped and beaten in connection with the CIA’s extraordinary rendition program, the Open Society Justice Initiative revealed today.

June 14, 2010
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