Topic: National Security and Counter­terrorism

Advocacy update

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

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Justice Initiative Seeks Release of Unpublished Research on UK Government's Counter-Extremism Strategy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

In Light of U.N. Khashoggi Investigation, Open Society Justice Initiative Renews Calls for Accountability

A new UN report calls for the an international criminal investigation into the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, underlining the importance of efforts by the Justice Initiative to secure the release of all U.S. government documents relating to the case.

June 19, 2019
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

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

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
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

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
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

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
Press release

Romania’s Role in CIA Torture and Rendition Comes Before European Court

Romania’s efforts to draw a veil over its support for the Central Intelligence Agency’s program of torture and secret rendition a decade ago will come under unprecedented scrutiny at the European Court of Human Rights.

June 20, 2016
Press release

Lawyers Say Court Errs in Ignoring German Role in U.S. Drone Strikes

A German court erred in rejecting a legal challenge to Germany’s support for targeted killings carried out by the United States, according to lawyers for the complainant.

April 27, 2016
Press release

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
Press release

New Report Details Civilian Harm from U.S. Drone Strikes in Yemen

A new report from the Open Society Justice Initiative details nine cases in which civilians, including children, were killed or injured by drone attacks between May, 2012 and April, 2014.

April 13, 2015
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 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
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

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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