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The Rendition Project is a collaborative research initiative run by Prof Ruth Blakeley at the University of Sheffield (and previously, the University of Kent) and Dr Sam Raphael at the University of Westminster. Working closely with a number of other organisations, in particular the legal action charity Reprieve and the Bureau of Investigative Journalism, this project aims to bring academic expertise to bear in order to research the CIA's rendition, detention and interrogation (RDI) programme.

The Rendition Project is at the forefront of efforts to investigate and understand the use of rendition, secret detention and torture by the CIA and its allies in the "war on terror". Through this website users can access:

The extensive analysis on this site is underpinned by an unrivalled body of primary material, such as prisoner testimonies, declassified documents, flight records, company invoices and court documents. Together, these help to build an unparalleled picture of the CIA's torture programme, and are located in the same place for the first time.

The Guardian has described The Rendition Project as a 'groundbreaking research project which sheds unprecedented light on one of the most controversial secret operations of recent years'. Our team's work in the field has generated significant impact, supporting cases heard at the European Court of Human Rights and the African Commission on Human and People's Rights, sparking a Scottish police investigation into rendition flights, assisting a range of legal teams representing former and current prisoners, and featuring in documentaries and numerous news reports.

More than anything, we are indebted to those organisations and individuals that led the way in uncovering the use of rendition, secret detention and torture in the "war on terror", and to the former prisoners who have agreed to tell their stories.

The Rendition Project has been funded by the UK’s Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), and is accredited under the Global Uncertainties programme.


NEW: UK Guidance to Security Services on torture not fit for purpose

Our response to the public consultation on UK anti-torture policy, October 2018


NEW: Prisoner Profiles Interactive Tool

The Rendition Project launches new interactive tool allowing users to search profiles of more than 130 rendition victims


CIA Prisoner Database

Our prisoner database allows for detailed analysis of entry/exit dates into the RDI programme, prisoner nationalities, capture locations and post-CIA destinations


Rendition Flights Database

We have compiled the world's largest public database of aircraft and companies associated with the RDI programme


Rendition Circuits

We have identified more than 60 specific renditions to torture and secret detention



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