March 21, 2015
by Julie Deisher-Edwards
A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of New York ruled Friday that the Department of Defense (DOD) must release photographs requested by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) in its Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for images depicting the abuse of prisoners in ...[read more]
May 14, 2014
by Ann Schober
The prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Fatou Bensouda, announced Tuesday that she will reopen a preliminary investigation into alleged mistreatment and killings of Iraqi detainees in Iraq by UK military forces from 2003 through 2008. Bensouda stated that her office received new... ...[read more]
November 4, 2013
by Addison Morris
Doctors and psychologists working in US military detention centers helped to design methods of torture for terrorism suspects, according to an independent report supported by the Institute on Medicine as a Profession and the Open Society Foundations released on Monday. The report, entitled "Ethics ...[read more]
July 20, 2013
by Zachariah Rivenbark
Allegations of harsh interrogations and torture have been consistent in the decade since Guantanamo Bay began housing prisoners. Former detainees subsequently voiced abuse accusations, including Sami-al-Leithy, Murat Kurnaz, Mohammed El Gharani, Mubarak Hussain bin Abul Hasim and Binyam Mohamed. ...[read more]
September 4, 2012
by Garrett Eisenhour
On September 4, 2008, the US-led Multi-National Force-Iraq announced that it had charged two US soldiers with premeditated murder and assault in connection with the death of an Iraqi detainee. The announcement came after similar charges had been filed against several Marines for allegations ...[read more]
August 31, 2012
by Dan Taglioli
US Attorney General Eric Holder announced Thursday that the Department of Justice (DOJ) would close its investigation into the CIA's alleged torture and abuse of detainees, with no criminal charges to be brought as a result of the three-year inquiry. In June 2011 Holder accepted the recommendation ...[read more]
August 7, 2012
by Garrett Eisenhour
On August 7, 2009, the Obama administration petitioned the US Supreme Court to overturn a district court order mandating disclosure of detainee abuse photos on the grounds that they would lead to further violence and endanger US civil and military forces overseas. In April 2009, the Department of ...[read more]
July 12, 2012
by Katherine Bacher
On July 12, 2011, the Human Rights Watch (HRW) urged the Obama administration to investigate alleged detainee abuse authorized by former US president George W. Bush following the 9/11 attacks. The Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) and the European Center for Human Rights (ECHR) urged all of ...[read more]
January 7, 2012
by Jerry Votava
An investigative commission in Afghanistan issued a statement on Saturday alleging the abuse of prisoners held by the US military at prisons in their country. The commission called for the transfer of all prisoners held by the US military to Afghan custody. The detainees held by US forces are a ...[read more]
November 22, 2011
by Caleb Pittman
JURIST Guest Columnist Kent Roach of the University of Toronto Faculty of Law says that the Supreme Court of Canada's recent refusal to review a lower court's stay of extradition proceedings represents an important victory for the rule of law as well as straining US-Canada relations...According to ...[read more]

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