Topic: National Security and Counterterrorism
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.