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Netherlands high court bans pedophile group
April 18, 2014
The Supreme Court of The Netherlands on Friday banned an online group, "Martijn," that advocates for the legalization of pedophilia. The court held that the dangers of pedophilia are too great to allow the group to continue. This is because, the court reasoned, children are particularly vulnerable....... [more]

Italy high court upholds convictions of CIA agents in extraordinary rendition
March 12, 2014
Italy's highest court, the Court of Cassation, on Tuesday upheld guilty verdicts against three US defendants in the 2003 extraordinary rendition kidnapping of an Egyptian terror suspect. The three Americans are CIA agents who participated in the kidnapping of terror suspect Osama Moustafa Hassan....... [more]

Italy high court overturns convictions in CIA rendition program
February 25, 2014
Italy's highest court, the Court of Cassation, on Monday dismissed the convictions of five Italian agents related to the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) abduction and extraordinary rendition of Egyptian cleric and terror suspect Osama Moustafa Hassan Nasr. The five agents included the former....... [more]

Ukraine parliament passes conditional amnesty law for protesters
January 30, 2014
The Verkhovna Rada, the Parliament of Ukraine, on Wednesday passed a law granting conditional amnesty to protesters arrested during the weeks of unrest that have gripped the nation. The passage of this measure came during the parliament's extraordinary session, which began earlier in the day on We....... [more]

Ukraine parliament discuss possible amnesty for protesters
January 29, 2014
The Verkhovna Rada, the Parliament of Ukraine continued an extraordinary session Wednesday to discuss amnesty for protesters arrested during the weeks of unrest that have gripped the nation. One of the amnesty proposals being considered by lawmakers would grant amnesty on the condition that protest....... [more]

Inquiry reveals UK officers may be complicit in torture of terror suspects
December 19, 2013
The British National Security and Intelligence Committee revealed in a report on Thursday that an investigation has found evidence that Britain has been complicit in the torture and rendition of terror suspects. The investigation was run by Sir Peter Gibson, a retired judge, and involved reviewing....... [more]

Italy court convicts Egyptian cleric of terror charges
December 6, 2013
Egyptian cleric Osama Moustafa Hassan Nasr, who was kidnapped in Milan as part of the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) extraordinary rendition program, was sentenced to six years in prison on Friday by an Italian court after being convicted in absentia of terror charges. Under the CIA's extrao....... [more]

Guantanamo detainees accuse Poland in CIA rendition torture
December 4, 2013
Lawyers for two Guantanamo detainees, arguing before the European Court of Human Rights on Tuesday, accused Poland of serving as a secret torture site for the Central Intelligence Agency's (CIA) extraordinary rendition program. The case involves 48-year-old Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, a Saudi national....... [more]

Italy court begins trial in absentia of Egyptian cleric
November 23, 2013
Egyptian cleric Osama Moustafa Hassan Nasr has gone on trial in absentia in Italy on charges of criminal association with the goal of terrorism and aiding illegal emigration with the goal of terrorism, based on an investigation from 2002. Before the investigation could be concluded and charges filed....... [more]

Guantanamo lawyer seeking declassification of CIA interrogation techniques
October 26, 2013
The lawyer for five Guantanamo Bay prisoners charged with plotting the September 11 attacks has asked President Barack Obama to declassify the CIA interrogation program that allegedly subjected prisoners to torture. The letter, made public on Friday, calls upon Obama to make the details of the CIA....... [more]

Africa Should Let the ICC Live Up to its Mandate
October 24, 2013
JURIST Guest Columnist Fred Kennedy Nkusi of the Independent Institute of Lay Adventists of Kigali and Mount Kenya University in Rwanda says that the current pressure by the African Union to demonize the ICC as outside control, misses the greater picture and the opportunity for progress ... On Octob....... [more]


    Outsourcing Torture [New Yorker]

    Torture by Proxy [NYUHR]

    The US "Disappeared" [HRW]

    Extraordinary Rendition [CWRU; video]

    Extraordinary rendition [Wikipedia]

    Maher Arar [advocacy]

    El-Masri v. Tenet [ACLU lawsuit]