Topic: National Security and Counter­terrorism


Q&A: German Court Demands Greater Scrutiny of U.S. Drone Attacks

For years, Germany has cooperated with the United States’ controversial use of drone strikes. A new court ruling may force the government to reassess.

March 21, 2019
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How Weaponizing Citizenship Hurts the Justice System

No one should have their citizenship revoked as a form of punishment. It’s wrong—and it undermines the rule of law.

March 04, 2019 | Natasha Arnpriester
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Europe’s Human Rights Court Shines More Light on the CIA’s Black Site Torture Program

A ruling from the European Court of Human Rights requires Romania to finally acknowledge that it hosted a secret CIA prison on its territory between 2003 and 2005.

June 08, 2018 | Amrit Singh
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Dutch Antiterrorism Detention Units Fall Short on Human Rights

Both suspects and convicted prisoners alike face long hours of solitary detention, strip searches, and restrictions on family visits, with no prospect of review.

October 30, 2017 | Jonathan Horowitz

Finding a Silver Lining in the UK Surveillance Controversy

Amid the intense debate over the UK’s proposed Investigatory Powers Bill, members of parliament are backing stronger protections for whistleblowers.

February 23, 2016 | Carolyn O’Neil

Case Watch: Making Sense of the Schrems Ruling on Data Transfer

The ruling from the top EU court is subtle and careful—and it has already been misunderstood in some quarters.

October 07, 2015 | Simon Cox

Why Snowden Won’t Get the Public Interest Defense He Deserves

European members of parliament have called on the United States to give Edward Snowden a chance to defend his disclosures as being in the public interest.

June 24, 2015 | Sandra Coliver

The Human Cost of Secret U.S. Drone Strikes in Yemen

Courageous on-the-ground researchers give the world a look at the reality of a counterterrorism strategy that some in the U.S. government would argue is a model program.

April 13, 2015 | Amrit Singh & Jonathan Horowitz
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Case Watch: UK Supreme Court Backs Government Rejection of Statelessness Claim

The UK Supreme Court ruled that stripping British nationality from a naturalized citizen accused of terrorism did not make him stateless, even when his country of birth repudiated the claim.

March 25, 2015 | Simon Cox

Case Watch: UK Supreme Court Struggles with Pham Statelessness Conundrum

Details emerged during a UK Supreme Court hearing of secret British discussions with Vietnam, aimed at securing the deportation of a Vietnamese-born an alleged al-Qaida associate, who had been stripped of UK citizenship.

November 19, 2014 | Simon Cox

Case Watch: UK Supreme Court Addresses “B2” Statelessness Challenge

The case of Pham Minh Quang before the UK Supreme Court raises fundamental questions about the obligations of governments under the 1954 convention on eliminating statelessness.

November 16, 2014 | Simon Cox

Case Watch: European Court Strengthens Anti-Torture Safeguards

A ruling on Spain’s use of incommunicado detention for terrorism suspects calls for safeguards to ensure that suspects are protected from the risk of torture.

October 07, 2014 | Marion Isobel

After More Than a Decade, the Truth About CIA Torture in Poland

The European Court of Human Rights sent a clear message that abuses perpetrated by the CIA will not be tolerated in modern Europe, and those who perpetrate them will be held accountable.

July 24, 2014 | Amrit Singh

Denmark, the CIA, and the Killing of Anwar al-Awlaki

A wealth of evidence demonstrates that the Danish intelligence services played a key role in the killing of U.S. citizen Anwar al-Awlaki by a drone strike in September 2011.

April 30, 2014 | Amrit Singh & Jessica Scholes

Turning the Tide Against Torture

President Obama can declassify a long-awaited report written by the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence on the CIA's rendition, interrogation, and detention program.

April 08, 2014 | Amrit Singh

Case Watch: Colombia Says No to Blanket Limits on the Right to Information

The governments of Colombia and Peru have both tried to impose blanket bans on public access to information about national security issues; in Colombia, the Supreme Court said no.

January 27, 2014 | Emi MacLean

Case Watch: A Step Forward for Constitutional Challenge to NSA Surveillance

U.S. Federal Judge Richard Leon agreed that the Fourth Amendment rights of two plaintiffs had been violated by the National Security Agency's mass surveillance of phone metadata.

December 18, 2013 | Jessica Scholes

A Chance for Europe to Stand Up for Justice over CIA Torture

The European Court of Human Rights has a chance to deliver justice in relation to the CIA’s torture program, underlining the failure of institutions in the United States to do the same.

December 02, 2013 | Amrit Singh

Kenya Needs to End Human Rights Abuses by Its Anti-Terrorism Police Unit

A record of human rights abuses is tarnishing the record of Kenya’s specialist anti-terrorism police, and undermining the country's efforts to combat terrorism.

November 19, 2013 | Jonathan Horowitz

Newly Discovered Military Archives May Throw Light on Past Abuses in Argentina

The discovery of some 1,500 files belonging to Argentina's former military dictatorship marks a step forwards for accountability for past human rights abuses.

November 06, 2013 | Sandra Coliver
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