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25 Sep 2010, 6:08 am by Geoffrey Mock
When one door shuts, we have to look for other openings.  That’s what activists are doing in the aftermath of the Sept. 8 federal court decision blocking a lawsuit from people who suffered torture through U.S. extraordinary renditions from proceeding. Egyptian-born Binyam Mohamed spent just under seven years in custody, four of which at Guantanamo Bay. Mohamed has always insisted that the evidence against him was obtained through torture. The US dropped all charges against him in… [read post]
15 Mar 2011, 8:32 am
We're delighted to welcome Elizabeth Ashamu (right), who provides today's guest post below on her work seeking justice for victims of extraordinary rendition in the African human rights system. A third-year law student at NYU School of Law, Elizabeth is a Root-Tilden-Kern and Institute for International Law and Justice scholar. Her academic and professional work has focused on human rights in Africa. She holds Bachelor's and Master's degrees in African Studies from Yale University. Before law… [read post]
29 Jan 2011, 11:11 am by Geoffrey Mock
N227SV plane used in rendition flights. News that after five days of protests Omar Suleiman has been named vice president of Egypt is a reminder that the abuses that drove the people into the streets there had too much assistance from America, including right here in my home of North Carolina. According to journalist Stephen Grey, Suleiman was the Egyptian conduit for the US extraordinary rendition flights closely linked to torture.  Many of those flights took off from an airport… [read post]
4 Nov 2009, 5:20 pm by Tom Parker
Earlier today an Italian court convicted in absentia twenty-two CIA officers and a colonel in the US Air Force of charges relating to the February 2003 kidnapping of Muslim cleric Osama Moustafa Hassan Nasr aka Abu Omar. Abu Omar was a victim of the extraordinary rendition program established by the Clinton administration and greatly expanded under President George W. Bush in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks. He was snatched off the street in Milan and flown secretly to Cairo where… [read post]
12 Sep 2010, 5:10 am by Fiona de Londras
Extraordinary rendition did not start on 11 September 2001; rather the practice of transferring individuals across borders without any due process was long a part of US policy although it usually consisted of ‘rendition to trial’ (such as in the infamous case of Adolf Eichman). It was miniscule in scale, however, compared to the extraordinary rendition programme that has developed in the ‘War on Terrorism’. In this post I want to reflect on two parts of the extraordinary… [read post]
30 Sep 2011, 6:58 am by Tom Parker
There are allegations of renditions between Lithuania and other European countries © Amnesty International On Thursday Amnesty International launched a new report, Unlock the Truth, on the Lithuanian government’s abortive investigation of CIA ‘black sites’ that operated on their soil. In December 2009 Lithuania became the first, and so far only, European state to publicly acknowledge that it had allowed the CIA to operate secret prisons on its territory. In January 2010 the… [read post]
3 Mar 2009, 7:28 pm by Gay Gardner
The Obama Administration has already taken several laudable steps to separate itself from illegal policies and practices of its predecessor, and I applaud them for it.  I’m glad Attorney General Holder released some of the shocking legal memoranda prepared by the Bush Office of Legal Counsel, which authorized blatantly unlawful and unconstitutional acts by the executive branch.  But I choked a bit on Mr. Holder’s statement that “Americans deserve a government that operates… [read post]
12 Oct 2010, 10:42 am by The Editors
By Steve Hendricks In 2003 the police of Milan were closing in on a network of Islamic terrorists that recruited suicide bombers—until the radical imam at the heart of their investigation, Abu Omar, inexplicably disappeared. He was, it would turn out, snatched off the street by the CIA, roughed up, and eventually flown to Egypt, where he was savagely tortured. The full story is told in my new book, A Kidnapping in Milan: The CIA on Trial,  published yesterday by W. W. Norton. I… [read post]
8 Dec 2010, 1:30 pm by David Kravets
British resident Binyam Mohamed is among five plaintiffs who claim CIA torture. The Supreme Court is being asked to review a lawsuit a lower court had dismissed against a Boeing subsidiary accused of helping the CIA transport detainees to secret foreign prisons where they were allegedly tortured. The appeal to the high court concerns a September decision by the San Francisco–based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which cited the Obama administration’s evocation of the state-secrets privilege… [read post]
14 Jul 2011, 7:00 am by Tom Parker
Following hard on the heels of the revelation that the Obama administration had held Ahmed Abdulkadir Warsame in secret detention on a US naval vessel patrolling off the coast of Somalia for over two months, comes a startling new claim from The Nation magazine that the Obama administration is back in the extraordinary rendition business. Writing in the latest edition of The Nation, journalist Jeremy Scahill alleges that since early 2009 the United States has maintained a secret… [read post]
16 May 2012, 11:41 am
At 9.15 am Strasbourg time today, the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights will hear a complaint relating to the extraordinary renditions programme for the first time. In El Masri v Macedonia the complainant, Khalid El Masri (left)—a Lebanese national but German resident—will claim that Macedonia’s refusal to instigate a full and proper investigation of his rendition, together with the state’s direct involvement in the rendition itself, constitute a breach of the Convention.… [read post]
10 Sep 2010, 3:53 pm by zshapiro
The Ninth Circuit en banc upheld the decision to dismiss Mohamed v. Jeppesen Dataplan. In Jeppesen, Binyam Mohamed and four other plaintiffs sued Jeppesen, a CIA contractor for their seizure in foreign countries and transportation to other countries where they were tortured and interrogated as part of the government’s extraordinary rendition program. In this manner the government avoided the protections provided defendants and detainees accused of terrorist related crimes. After the plaintiffs… [read post]
27 Feb 2010, 12:58 pm by Faisal Kutty
The second issue of Prism Magazine is now available online. The not-for-profit journal launched last month by Maher Arar describes itself as a “security practices monitor”. The journal has an impressive list of contributors including: David Cole (Georgetown University); Alex Neve (Secretary General of Amnesty International Canada); Jeff Sallot (a former Globe and Mail bureau chief and professor at Carleton University School of Journalism); Paul Cavalluzzo (a prominent Canadian Constitutional… [read post]
5 Feb 2013, 10:28 am by
by Jeremy Leaming Federal courts have avoided legal challenges against President George W. Bush’s construction of counterterrorism policies that included extraordinary rendition where terrorism suspects were secretly shipped to countries well-known for employing torture. The Bush and Obama administrations urged the federal courts to dismiss legal challenges to extraordinary rendition and secret detention sites arguing that they would expose “state secrets.” But an exhaustive report… [read post]
15 Dec 2012, 3:58 am by Kanstantsin Dzehtsiarou
On 13 December 2012, the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights delivered its judgment in El-Masri v. The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. Fiona de Londras has set out the background to the case in her post here. The decision has already been praised by NGOs and some international organisations. Jean-Claude Mignon (President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe) declared: ”This judgment can be called historic: it is the first condemnation, by an… [read post]
12 May 2010, 6:28 pm by constitutional lawblogger
The Obama Administration filed a brief urging the Supreme Court to reject a petition to hear Maher Arar's case seeking damages for alleged extraordinary rendition and torture. Thanks to Lyle Denniston at SCOTUSblog for the link to the brief. We... [read post]
10 Feb 2010, 5:52 pm by constitutional lawblogger
A three-judge panel of the British Court of Appeal today ordered the release of a seven-paragraph summary of U.S. intelligence information about the treatment of Binyam Mohamed, the detainee who was subject to extraordinary rendition, torture, and detention at Guantanamo... [read post]
15 Mar 2011, 8:33 am
(Many thanks to IntLawGrrls for inviting me to contribute this guest post) On the night of December 26, 2003, Mohamed al-Asad (right) was apprehended at his home in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, blindfolded and driven away. (photo credit) Early the next morning, he was placed into a small plane and expelled to Djibouti-a country entirely unfamiliar to him. There, he was held in a secret detention facility, subjected to torture and inhuman treatment and interrogated by an American agent. Two weeks later,… [read post]
27 Jul 2011, 11:06 am by The Editors
Looking for a good book to add to your summer reading list that won’t bore but will also educate you about human rights? We asked our bloggers and staff members to recommend fiction and non-fiction titles published in the last year that do just that. So behold, our list of 10 books (in no particular order) to add to your Kindle, Nook, or library queue right now. If your favorite didn’t make the list, please share your recommendations in the comments area below. 1. Then They… [read post]
23 Sep 2011, 2:10 pm by Fathima Cader
“Human rights have a dysfunctional relationship with justice. The language is certainly beautiful, but it’s all dressed up with nowhere to go,” charged Dennis Edney in a scathing lecture at the Faculty of Law at UBC on September 15. Edney worked from 2004 to 2011 on Omar Khadr’s defence against charges stemming from the July 2002 firefight death of a US soldier. Khadr, who is Canadian, was 15 at the time. American forces interrogated him for three months in the US-operated Bagram Theatre… [read post]