Topic: National Security and Counter­terrorism

Press release

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.

February 22, 2010
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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Press release

Rights Groups Demand Investigation of CIA's Extraordinary Rendition Program

Lawsuits against Germany, United States, and Macedonia seek justice for Khaled El Masri, a German citizen rendered to Afghanistan and tortured by the CIA, according to the Open Society Justice Initiative, who met with partner organizations in...

June 12, 2008
Press release

Open Society Justice Initiative Applauds Torture Ruling

With Saadi v. Italy, the European Court of Human Rights has reaffirmed the European Convention ban on deporting people to countries where they are at risk of being tortured, in a decision hailed the Open Society Justice Initiative and other human...

April 15, 2008

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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Advocacy update

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.

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