Topic: National Security and Counter­terrorism

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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.

June 14, 2010
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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.

December 05, 2013
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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.

November 19, 2013
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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.

February 07, 2012
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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.

April 11, 2016
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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.

May 11, 2010
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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.

May 11, 2010
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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
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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.

June 03, 2011
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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.

May 10, 2011
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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...

October 27, 2010
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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.

October 14, 2010
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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.

October 30, 2017
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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.

November 30, 2016
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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
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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
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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
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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.

May 31, 2018
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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.

November 26, 2019
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