Topic: National Security and Counter­terrorism


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
Press release

Lithuania’s Silence on CIA Abuses Faces European Court Challenge

Lithuania’s refusal to release information related to its role in CIA counterterrorism abuses is being challenged at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg.

March 07, 2013

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

Globalizing Torture: CIA Secret Detention and Extraordinary Rendition

The most comprehensive account yet assembled of the human rights abuses associated with CIA secret detention and extraordinary rendition operations.

February 2013
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Press release

New Report Delivers Unprecedented Account of CIA Torture Program

More than 50 countries have been implicated in kidnapping, detention, and torture as part of the CIA’s secret detention and extraordinary rendition programs, according to the Open Society Justice Initiative.

February 04, 2013

Only in America? The Kiriakou Affair and the Public’s Right to Know

The U.S. will sentence John Kiriakou, a former CIA agent, to 30 months in jail for breaching official secrecy laws. Most European countries would have responded less harshly.

January 08, 2013 | Sandra Coliver

Towards Global Principles on National Security and the Right to Information: An Update

The Open Society Justice Initiative has been working to win European support for a draft set of principles that would establish guidelines for public access to information about national security issues.

December 20, 2012 | Sandra Coliver
Fact Sheet

Timeline: The Khaled El-Masri Case

A summary of the main events in a nine year search for justice by Khaled El-Masri, the victim of a mistaken CIA counterterrorism operation.

December, 2012
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Press release

European Court Vindicates Rendition Claims, Finds CIA Engaged in Torture

The European Court ruling said Khaled El-Masri's story of mistaken rendition and torture by the CIA was established "beyond reasonable doubt."

December 13, 2012
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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Press release

European Court Schedules Landmark Ruling on CIA Rendition Case

The European Court of Human Rights will deliver its judgment on December 13 in a landmark case addressing Macedonia's role in the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency's programe of extraordinary rendition.

December 11, 2012
Press release

New Report Documents Counterterrorism and Human Rights Abuses in Kenya and Uganda

Civil society groups in East Africa have joined the Open Society Justice Initiative in calling on the governments of Kenya and Uganda to end a pattern of human rights abuses associated with their counterterrorism efforts.

November 26, 2012

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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Press release

European Court Once Again Demands Answers on CIA Black Sites, This Time from Romania

Romania is the second European country to face scrutiny from the European Court of Human Rights for hosting a secret CIA prison.

October 09, 2012

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
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