Topic: National Security and Counter­terrorism

Briefing Paper

The Case of Khaled el-Masri v. FYRO Macedonia

An update on the implementation of the European Court of Human Rights ruling in the case of Khaled el-Masri, a Germany national who was seized and detained in 2004 i in what was then the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, and handed over to the CIA and rendered to Afghanistan.

November 26, 2019
First page of PDF with filename: briefing-com-elmasri-20191126.pdf
Briefing Paper

Challenging German Support for U.S. Drone Strikes

On Wednesday, March 13, an administrative appeals court in Northern Germany will review a legal challenge filed by a Somali herdsman whose innocent father was killed in a U.S. drone strike.

March 2019
First page of PDF with filename: germany-drones-case-background-20190308.pdf
Briefing Paper

Submission to the UN Commission against Torture Review of the Netherlands

This submission argues that the Dutch government’s use of specialized high-security “terrorist” detention units has led to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.

October 2018
First page of PDF with filename: submission-uncat-netherlands-20181015.pdf
Briefing Paper

Joint Submission on International Standards for Regulating the Use of Force

A submission to the Human Rights Committee from the Open Society Justice Initiative and four other rights groups on the interpretation of human rights law on the use of force.

November 01, 2017
First page of PDF with filename: hrc-joint-submission-force-20171101.pdf
Report

Inhuman and Unnecessary: Human Rights Violations in Dutch High-Security Prisons in the Context of Counterterrorism

Prisoners in the Netherlands suspected or convicted of terrorism offenses face aggressive and intrusive security measures, regardless of the threat they might pose.

October 2017
First page of PDF with filename: inhuman-unnecessary-dutch-detention-english-20171027.pdf
Report

Eroding Trust: The UK’s Prevent Counter-Extremism Strategy in Health and Education

Since 2015, the UK’s counter-extremism strategy has imposed a statutory duty on health and education professionals to report individuals at risk of being drawn into terrorism.

October 2016
First page of PDF with filename: eroding-trust-20161017_0.pdf
Publication

Comments on the Draft Additional Protocol to the Council of Europe Convention on the Prevention of Terrorism

This document was submitted to the Council of Europe's Committee on Foreign Terrorist Fighters and Related Issues, with comments on the Additional Protocol of the Convention on the Prevention of Terrorism.

March 24, 2015
First page of PDF with filename: comments-coe-terrorism-protocol-20160217.pdf
Report

Death by Drone

The U.S. has secretly been using drones to conduct targeted killings in Yemen since 2002. Using on-the-ground research, this report details civilian casualties caused by nine such attacks, carried out between 2012 and 2014.

April 2015
First page of PDF with filename: death-drones-report-eng-20150413.pdf
Briefing Paper

IACHR: Submission to Hearings on Right to Information and U.S. Surveillance

An analysis of United States' government surveillance practices within the framework of international human rights law and prevailing global standards.

October 2013 | Emi MacLean
First page of PDF with filename: IACHR hearing on US surveillance - 10 28 2013.pdf
Briefing Paper

UNHRC: Submission to Periodic Review of the United States

An analysis of United States' compliance with Article 19 of the Universal Declartion of Human Rights in the area of national security.

February 2014
First page of PDF with filename: Submission to UNHRC Re US Feb 2014 - final.pdf
Fact Sheet

Time Line: Al-Nashiri v. Poland at the European Court of Human Rights

A time line of events in the case of Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri against the government of Poland, over its role in his rendition, secret detention and torture on Polish soil by the CIA.

November 2013
First page of PDF with filename: nashiri-echr-timeline-11252013_0.pdf
Report

We’re Tired of Taking You to the Court: Human Rights Abuses by Kenya’s Anti-Terrorism Police Unit

This report presents credible allegations of extrajudicial killings and other human rights abuses by Kenya’s specialist anti-terrorism police unit.

November 20, 2013
First page of PDF with filename: human-rights-abuses-by-kenya-atpu-20140220.pdf
Fact Sheet

The Tshwane Principles on National Security and the Right to Information: An Overview in 15 Points

A 15-point summary of the Tshwane Principles, which address the question of how to ensure public access to government information without jeopardizing legitimate efforts to combat national security threats.

June 2013
First page of PDF with filename: tshwane-principles-15-points-09182013.pdf
Briefing Paper

Understanding the Tshwane Principles

A question-and-answer introduction to the new Global Principles on National Security and the Right to Information.

June 12, 2013
First page of PDF with filename: briefing-understanding-tshwane-06122013 +sc.pdf
Publication

The Global Principles on National Security and the Right to Information (The Tshwane Principles)

The Tshwane Principles offer global standards on how to ensure the fullest possible public access to information, while protecting legitimate national security concerns.

June 12, 2013
First page of PDF with filename: global-principles-national-security-10232013.pdf
Briefing Paper

Letter to the African Commission on Human Rights and Terrorism

A joint letter to the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights on human rights and terrorism, delivered by the Open Society Justice Initiative, alongside eleven African civil society groups.

April 2013
First page of PDF with filename: african-commission-letter-counterterrorism-20130413.pdf
Report

Globalizing Torture: CIA Secret Detention and Extraordinary Rendition

The most comprehensive account yet assembled of the human rights abuses associated with CIA secret detention and extraordinary rendition operations.

February 2013
First page of PDF with filename: globalizing-torture-20120205.pdf
Fact Sheet

Timeline: The Khaled El-Masri Case

A summary of the main events in a nine year search for justice by Khaled El-Masri, the victim of a mistaken CIA counterterrorism operation.

December, 2012
First page of PDF with filename: timeline-khaledelmasri-20140411.pdf
Fact Sheet

El-Masri and CIA 'Capture Shock'

Violence used in the extraordinary rendition of Khaled El-Masri followed guidelines developed by the CIA for intimidating suspects before interrogation.

December 11, 2012
First page of PDF with filename: factsheet-captureshock-20121112_0.pdf
Report

Counterterrorism and Human Rights Abuses in Kenya and Uganda: The World Cup Bombing and Beyond

In 2010, more than 70 people were killed in two bomb attacks in Kampala, Uganda. The subsequent counterrorism response has included unlawful renditions, arbitrary detention and the physical abuse of suspects.

November 2012
First page of PDF with filename: counterterrorism-human-rights-abuses-kenya-uganda-20130403.pdf
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