National Security and Counterterrorism
The Open Society Justice Initiative conducts strategic litigation, research, and advocacy to ensure that government counterterrorism and national security policies conform to human rights standards and the rule of law.
Too often, governments use the need to fight terrorism to curtail human rights and to justify criminal actions—including torture, kidnapping, disappearances, and extrajudicial killings.
We seek to protect the rule of law by exposing those responsible for illegal abuses, and holding them to account before national and international courts. We seek more accountability for the use of armed drones to target terrorist suspects. We also challenge counter-radicalization strategies that erode basic freedoms—such as new restrictions on freedom of expression and other rights, illegal surveillance, and monitoring that stigmatizes entire communities because of their ethnic or religious identity.
Open Society Justice Initiative Sues U.S. Government for Khashoggi Records
A lawsuit filed in federal court in the South District of New York seeks the immediate release of government records relating to the killing of U.S. resident and Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi.
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.
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.
Al-Nashiri v. Poland
The ECHR ruled in favor of Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, finding that Poland had allowed his illegal rendition, detention and torture at a secret prision run by the CIA.
Al-Nashiri v. Romania
The complaint calls for a proper investigation into Romania's responsibility for the CIA's abuse of Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri at a secret prison on its territory and other violations of the European Convention on Human Rights.
El-Masri v. Macedonia
The European Court of Human Rights has ruled in favor of Khaled El-Masri, in his complaint over Macedonia's involvement in his extraordinary rendition and torture by the CIA.
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.
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.
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.
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