Topic: National Security and Counterterrorism
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.
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.
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...
Legal Complaint Targets Germany’s Role in U.S. Drone Program
A court in Cologne will hear a civil complaint on April 27 which argues that the use of U.S. bases on German territory to support drone strikes violates German law.
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.
Polish Prosecutor Recognizes Guantanamo Prisoner as Victim in CIA Black Site Investigation
The Polish prosecutor's office has granted Guantanamo prisoner Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri status as a victim in a pending criminal investigation into a CIA black site in Poland, following a complaint brought by lawyers working with the Open Society...
Top European Court Demands Answers on CIA Rendition
Macedonia has become the first government called to account for its collaboration with the CIA's extraordinary rendition program before an international tribunal.
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.
U.S. Should Publicly Admit to Wrongful Rendition
The Open Society Justice Initiative has called on the U.S. to publicly confirm that the extraordinary rendition of Khaled El-Masri was a mistake.
Germany Urged to Aid El-Masri's Quest for Justice
In a letter to German Chancellor Angela Merkel, the Open Society Justice Initiative requested confirmation that the U.S. privately admitted to making an error in Khaled El-Masri's case.
Fresh Evidence Shows Polish Government, CIA Cooperation on Renditions
Human rights groups have obtained official flight records confirming that at least six CIA rendition flights landed in Poland in 2003, revealing details of a cover-up by U.S. and Polish authorities.
Open Society Justice Initiative Condemns Kenyan Government Allegations
The Open Society Justice Initiative is calling on the Kenyan government to immediately withdraw false allegations made before the Kenyan parliament with regard to the May 2010 deportation of Justice Initiative fellow Clara Gutteridge.
Lawsuit Calls on European Court to Intervene in Guantánamo Death Penalty Case
The Open Society Justice Initiative has called on the European Court of Human Rights to instruct Poland to intervene by June 30 against possible capital charges for Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, who was tortured on Polish soil.
Japan's New State Secrecy Law Threatens Public Accountability
Japan's new state secrecy law falls far below international standards in setting strict limits on the public’s right to know about national security and national defence issues.
Mistaken Identity, Rendition and Abuse: CIA Case Before Europe’s Top Court
The case of a German citizen who was mistakenly seized in Macedonia and shipped in secret to Afghanistan for interrogation is to be heard on May 16 by the 17 judges of the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights.
Antiterrorism Detention Regime in the Netherlands Breaches Human Rights
Dutch authorities are detaining people in inhuman conditions at special terrorism prisons in De Schie and Vught, Amnesty International and the Open Society Justice Initiative said in a report.
New European Union Directive on Counterterrorism is Seriously Flawed
European Union member states must ensure that a new effort to standardize counterterrorism laws does not undermine fundamental freedoms and the rule of law.
Khashoggi FOIA Case Documents Available Online
The Open Society Justice Initiative has begun to publish online materials released by the U.S. government, in response to a Freedom of Information Act petition seeking the release of records relating to the murder of Jamal Khashoggi.
European Court Finds Romania Hosted CIA Secret Prison
In a unanimous ruling delivered in Strasbourg, the European Court of Human Rights found that Romania hosted a secret CIA prison between September 2003 and November 2005.
Justice Initiative Warns against Dropping Inquiry Demand in CIA Kidnap Case
The Open Society Justice Initiative is urging continued European pressure on North Macedonia to properly investigate its role in the kidnapping, torture and rendition to Afghanistan of Khaled el-Masri, a German national, as required by a landmark 2012 ruling of the European Court of Human Rights.