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Legal News
4 Feb 2016
by Miracle Jones

UN Special Rapporteur on Torture Juan E. Méndez [official profile] on Thursday called [press release] on the Mauritanian authorities to protect suspects and detainees from abuse and torture while being held in the country. The call to implement already existing laws and safeguards comes after Méndez spent ten days on … [read more]

Legal News
15 Jan 2016
by Matthew Santiago

[JURIST] A court in Lisbon, Portugal, ruled on Friday that a former CIA operative shall be extradited to Italy to serve a seven-year sentence for her involvement in the 2003 kidnapping and rendition of Egyptian terror suspect Osama Moustafa Hassan Nasr. Operative Sabrina De Sousa was one of 26 former … [read more]

Legal News
2 Dec 2015
by Miracle Jones

Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] called [report, PDF] Monday for the criminal prosecution of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) [official website] and other US government officials for their participation in torture programs following the September 11, 2001, terrorist attack. The report found that the Obama administration faces no legal … [read more]

Legal News
9 Nov 2015
by Justin Cosgrove

The UK Supreme Court [official website] on Monday began hearings in the case of Abdel Hakim Belhaj, who claims the British government assisted in his 2004 rendition by US forces. Belhaj and his wife were arrested in Bangkok in 2004 and returned to Muammar Gaddafi's Libya, where he spent six … [read more]

Academic Commentary
3 Nov 2015
by Benjamin G. Davis of University of Toledo College of Law
edited by Alix Ware

JURIST Guest Columnist Benjamin G. Davis of the University of Toledo College of Law discusses the recent decision in Meshal v. Higgenbotham... In the Meshal decision on Friday, October 23, 2015, the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit found (as did the district court below) what FBI agents … [read more]

Legal News
19 Oct 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] The European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR) [advocacy website] on Monday filed [ECCHR report] a criminal complaint against a high-ranking CIA official for mistreatment of Khaled El-Masri, a German citizen who was detained and allegedly tortured for four months in 2003. El-Masri was on vacation in Macedonia … [read more]

Legal News
13 Oct 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) [advocacy website] filed a lawsuit [complaint, PDF] Tuesday against two psychologists who devised the torture techniques used on three former Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) prisoners. The CIA contracted psychologists James Mitchell and John "Bruce" Jessen, who allegedly designed and persuaded the CIA to … [read more]

Legal News
24 Jun 2015
by Devin Montgomery

Human rights groups Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and the American Civil Liberties Union [advocacy websites] on Tuesday issued a joint letter [text] to the US Department of Justice (DOJ) calling for the creation of a special prosecutor to investigate claims that Central Intelligence Agency agents used torture against detainees … [read more]

Legal News
14 Jun 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] The US is hindering Poland's investigation into a secret CIA [official website] prison there, a Polish prosecutor said Saturday. Piotr Kosmaty, spokesman for the Appeals Prosecutor's Office in Krakow that is doing the investigation, said that the US has ignored requests for documents relevant to the investigation. The Polish … [read more]

Legal News
3 Jun 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] A Guantanamo [JURIST backgrounder] detainee has alleged that the CIA's torture techniques went beyond those described in last year's Senate Intelligence Committee report, Reuters reported [text] Tuesday. Majid Khan was detained in Pakistan in 2003 and confessed to delivering money to al Qaeda used for a bombing in Jakarta … [read more]

Legal News
15 May 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] The Polish government on Friday processed payments to two terror suspects currently held by the US at Guantanamo Bay. The European Court of Human Rights [official website] had imposed a Saturday deadline [AP report] on Poland to make the reparations. Last July Abu Zubaydah and Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri were … [read more]

Legal News
31 Mar 2015
by Laura DeGeer

[JURIST] A US military judge ruled [opinion, PDF] Monday that authorities at the Guantanamo [JURIST news archive] detention center provide adequate medical care to Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, the accused ringleader of the USS Cole bombing [JURIST report]. The defense claimed that Nashiri was unfit to stand trial due to inadequate … [read more]

Student Commentary
14 Jan 2015
by B. Drake Shaw of Georgetown University Law Center
edited by Josh Guckert

JURIST Guest Columnist B. Shaw Drake, Georgetown University Law Center, Class of 2015, discusses how the use of torture may be counterproductive to American military efforts...As a Case Management Coordinator at the Bellevue/NYU Program for Survivors of Torture, I have seen first-hand the devastating impact of torture. My former clients … [read more]

Legal News
10 Dec 2014
by William Helbling

[JURIST] The UN Special Rapporteur on counter terrorism and human rights [official website] Ben Emmerson on Tuesday called for the prosecution [press release] of US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) [official website] and other government officials for the interrogation and torture of detainees. The statement follows the release of a US … [read more]

Academic Commentary
6 Dec 2014
by Philip Leach of Middlesex University
edited by Yuxin Jiang

JURIST Guest Columnist Philip Leach, of Middlesex University and the European Human Rights Advocacy Centre (EHRAC), discusses how the Irish government has urged the European Court of Human Rights to reopen the 1978 case Ireland v. UK ...The Irish government announced this week that it is applying to the … [read more]

Legal News
4 Nov 2014
by Taylor Brailey

[JURIST] The UN Committee Against Torture (UNCAT) [official website] on Monday opened its 53rd session [report, PDF] and discussed the changes that have been made since the Convention Against Torture [text], an international legal framework to prevent torture and other types of inhumane treatment or punishment, was adopted 30 years … [read more]

Legal News
30 Oct 2014
by Elizabeth LaForgia

[JURIST] A British court ruled [judgment, PDF] Thursday that a former Libyan military commander can sue the British government for its alleged role in his detention and rendition. In 2004, Abdel Hakim Belhaj and his wife were arrested in Bangkok, Thailand and returned to Muammar Gaddafi's Libya, where he spent … [read more]

23 Sep 2014

JURIST Podcast host Genevieve Redd launches into a Summer Review and Fall Preview, including the hottest topics resolved in Courts around the world, as well as pressing questions for the Fall:The Rome Statute of the ICC as a lens for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. How does the conflict measure up to … [read more]

Legal News
8 Sep 2014
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] The US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) [official website] used torture methods beyond waterboarding on suspected terrorists, according to a report [report] published by the Telegraph Sunday. The UK-based news outlet spoke to an unnamed "security source" who alleged that the "CIA brought top al-Qaeda suspects close 'to the point … [read more]

Legal News
29 Aug 2014
by Elizabeth LaForgia

[JURIST] Ten victims of the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) [official website] extraordinary rendition program [JURIST news archive] have signed an open letter [text, PDF] to US President Barack Obama [official website] urging him to declassify the upcoming Senate Intelligence Committee's report on the program. The letter, which was coordinated … [read more]

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