Topic: National Security and Counter­terrorism

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The UK's Prevent Strategy Review is Fundamentally Flawed

The credibility of the UK government's supposedly Independent Review of its Prevent strategy is undermined by the narrow scope of its terms of reference, and the lack of independence of its head.

December 08, 2019
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
Press release

European Court Wants Answers from Poland in CIA Black Site Case

The European Court of Human Rights is pressing Poland for information and documents in the case of Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, a Saudi national who was imprisoned and tortured at a secret CIA detention center on its soil.

July 16, 2012
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
Press release

Time for Denmark to Acknowledge Its Role in CIA’s al-Awlaki Killing

The Open Society Justice Initiative has filed Freedom of Information requests over Denmark’s role in the killing of Anwar al-Awlaki, an American citizen, in a CIA drone strike in 2011.

April 30, 2014
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
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
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
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

European Court Rejects Poland’s Bid to Challenge CIA Black Site Ruling

The European Court of Human Rights has confirmed its landmark ruling that Poland illegally allowed the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency to operate a secret torture prison on its territory in 2002 and 2003.

February 17, 2015
Press release

European Court Must Respond to Death Penalty for Guantanamo Case

Poland should be urged to intervene against a possible death penalty in the planned military trial of a defendant tortured on its soil.

September 28, 2011
Press release

Prosecutors Whitewash Germany’s Role in Civilian Drone Strike Death

German prosecutors are blocking an investigation into the death of an innocent Somali herdsman, killed by a U.S. drone operated from airbases inside Germany.

August 30, 2017
Press release

European Rights Court Rejects Romania’s Challenge to CIA Secret Prison Ruling

The European Court of Human Rights has rejected the Romanian government’s bid to challenge the court’s May 2018 ruling that Romania illegally hosted a secret CIA prison on its territory.

October 15, 2018
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
Press release

German Court Ruling on U.S. Drone Strikes Leaves Victim’s Son without Redress

A German court has rejected the complaint of a Somali herdsman over the death of his father in a U.S. drone strike in 2012, in a case that highlighted the role of U.S. facilities in Germany in the drone program.

March 19, 2019
Press release

Justice Initiative Seeks Release of Unpublished Research on UK Government's Counter-Extremism Strategy

The Open Society Justice Initiative is calling on the UK government to publish expert research that appears to challenge the effectiveness of its controversial "Prevent" counter-extremism strategy.

June 20, 2019
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
Press release

European Court Finds Romania Hosted CIA Secret Prison

The European Court of Human Rights ordered the Romanian government to investigate the secret detention, rendition, and torture of Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, and to punish those responsible.

May 31, 2018
Press release

Macedonia Issues Apology for Involvement in Torture by CIA

Macedonia has formally apologized to a man it unlawfully seized, held incommunicado, and handed over to the CIA. This is a welcome development, but an apology is not enough.

April 03, 2018
Press release

European Court Condemns Poland in Historic Ruling on CIA “Black Sites”

The European Court of Human Rights became the first court to publicly confirm the existence of the so-called “black site” secret prisons operated by the CIA in Europe after the September 11 attacks on the United States.

July 24, 2014
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