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2 November 2013

The Rendition Project submits evidence of CIA flights between Djibouti and Afghanistan, in the case of al-Asad v. Djibouti

In a filing before the African Commission on Human and People's Rights, The Rendition Project joined with the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice at the New York University School of Law, INTERIGHTS, and independent human rights investigators to present evidence revealing Djibouti's active role in the US rendition and secret detention programme. The case is being brought on behalf of Mohammed al-Asad, who was kidnapped from his home in Tanzania and rendered to Djibouti, where he was held in secret and subjected to cruel treatment for several weeks in 2003 and 2004. Al-Asad was then rendered by the CIA to a 'black site' in Afghanistan, where he was held in secret for 16 months.

The Rendition Project's Renditions Flight Database contains seven flights between Djibouti and Afghanistan in 2003 and 2004, all by aircraft known to be involved in the CIA renditions programme. This evidence was submitted to the Commission in a declaration by Dr. Sam Raphael, and supporting annexes which provide maps and data of each of the seven circuits.

 

10 October 2013

European Parliament passes resolution urging Lithuania to open investigation into 9/11 secret detention claims

The European Parliament has passed a resolution urging Lithuania to carry out a criminal investigation into allegations that Guantánamo detainee Mustafa al-Hawsawi was held in secret detention in the country. The Rendition Project's Renditions Flight Database is referenced in the resolution.

Human rights organisations REDRESS and the Human Rights Monitoring Institute have recently raised allegations with Lithuanian authorities that al-Hawsawi was held in Lithuania for part of that time. The organisations made the claims after a detailed analysis of flight data, including analysis of rendition flight data undertaken by The Rendition Project, and other publicly available evidence on the secretive United States programme, suggested that it was highly likely that Mr al-Hawsawi was held in the country. Read the REDRESS press release here.

 

6 October 2013

US holding Al Qaeda suspect on Navy ship for interrogation

The New York Times reports that a Libyan national, Abu Anas al-Libi, who was captured in a raid by US army's Delta Force in a raid in Tripoli on Saturday 5 October, is being held on a US Navy ship. He is being interrogated without a lawyer, in line with a pattern of detention and interrogation that has been used by the Obama administration in other cases. US authorities claim he is an Al Qaeda computer expert who they believe has two decades worth of valuable intelligence on Al Qaeda.

 

13 September 2013

Lithuania urged to investigate its involvement in rendition, secret detention and torture

REDRESS and the Human Rights Monitoring Institute (HRMI) today submitted a joint complaint to the Lithuanian Prosecutor General. The complaint calls for an investigation into allegations that Mustafa al-Hawsawi, who is currently facing trial by military commission at Guantánamo Bay, was illegally transferred to, and secretly detained and tortured in, Lithuania as part of a CIA-led programme. The complaint has drawn on the analysis of rendition flight data undertaken by The Rendition Project, and makes extensive use of The Rendition Project's Documents respository.

 

11 September 2013

Council of Europe Human Rights Commissioner urges action over rendition

Nils Muizineks, the Human Rights Commissioner for the Council of Europe, has urged member states to take political and judicial action to establish the truth about the extent of rendition, including the role of member states within it.

 

19 August 2013

Former CIA Chief to ask for pardon over role in rendition of Abu Omar

Robert Seldon Lady was detained in Panama in July 2013, but avoided extradition to Italy by the Panamanian authorities who stated there was an error in the extradition request. He was returned to the US. Lady's lawyers have confirmed that he will request a pardon from the Italian authorities, having been convicted in absentia in 2003, and sentenced to nine years in prison.

 

18 July 2013

Former CIA Chief convicted in absentia in Italy for role in rendition of Abu Omar detained in Panama

Robert Seldon Lady has been detained in Panama, after crossing the border into Costa Rica. Lady was convicted in absentia by an Italian court in 2003 for his role in the rendition of Abu Omar to Egypt. Interpol had issued a warrant for his arrest, in line with Italy's attempts to extradite him.

 

6 June 2013

Lord Advocate for Scotland orders police investigation into use of Scottish airports for rendition

The Rendition Project has uncovered a dozen previously unknown suspicioius flights that made stops in Scottish airports. These findings were covered by the Scottish media and debated in the Scottish parliament, during which the Lord Advocate has ordered a police investigation.

 

22 May 2013

The Rendition Project launches Rendition Flight Database, Interactive Map, and hundreds of pages of detailed analysis

The Rendition Project has begun an ambitious initiative to 'map' the global rendition system, providing a detailed analysis of its component parts and a clearer understanding of how they fit together. The focus has been on tracking the movement of CIA flights around the world, and individual detainees as they have been transferred between secret prisons for continued detention and torture. Users can now search our Rendition Flights Database, access comprehensive anlayses of the prisons and aircraft which were used by the CIA and allied security forces, and track the movements of those detainees subjected to rendition, torture and secret detention in the 'war on terror'.

 

Guardian publishes The Rendition Project's Interactive Map and accompanying stories

US rendition: every suspected flight mapped

US rendition map: what it means, and how to use it

New light shed on US government's extraordinary rendition programme

UK provided more support for CIA rendition flights than thought – study

 

13 May 2013

Guantnamo hunger strikers subjected to harsh force feeding method condemend as cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment

Human rights lawyers and activists have lobbied US Defense Secretary, Chuck Hagel to end the use of a method of force feeding being used against Guantnamo hunger strikers, which they state is a form of cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment. 100 of the 166 detainees are now on hunger strike. Detainees are being shackled to a chair, fitted with a mask and have tubes inserted through their nose and into their stomachs for up to two hours at a time. Detainess desribe the practice as excruciatingly painful. This method violates the Geneva Conventions. Lawyers for the detainees also state that they are being threatened with humiliating body cavity searches if they wish to have any contact with their lawyers, a practice condemned as sexual abuse. See: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/may/13/guantanamo-bay-hunger-strike-forced-feeding

 

9 May 2013

UK criticised by UN's Committee Agaisnt Torture for evading questions on rendition, torture and mistreatment of detainees

During a periodic review of UK compliance with the Convention Agaisnt Torture, members of the UN's Committee Against Torture expressed frustration with UK officials for evading questions about the killing of Baha Mousa by UK forces in Iraq, the mistreatment of other detainees in Iraq, and its involvement in rendition. UK delegates stated that it would not be appropriate to comment on the renditions of Libyans to Gaddafi's prisons in 2004, a reference to the renditions of Sami al-Saadi and Abdel Hakim Belhadj and their families, orchestrated by UK intelligence services. See: http://www.guardian.co.uk/law/2013/may/09/uk-human-rights-record

 

16 April 2013

The Constitution Project's Task Force on Detainee Treatment publishes comprehensive report on human rights abuses of detainees held by US since 9/11

The Constitution Project's Task Force on Detainee Treatment was a bipartisan panel with a remit to examine the US federal govenrment's policies and actions relating to the capture, detention and treatment of terror suspects during the Clinton, Bush and Obama administration. The investigation took two years, and its authors concluded that torture of detainees was widespread, and that the US' most senior officials bear ultimate responsibility for the spreading of illegal and improper interrogation techniques in several theatres of operation. They also concluded that illegal interrogation techniques produced no intelligence of significant value. See: http://detaineetaskforce.org/ and click here for the full report.

 

15 April 2013

Violence, as Guantnamo guards attempt to break hunger strike among inmates

In an attempt to break a hunger strike by two thirds of the 166 remaining detainees, in protest at their ill-treatment and prolonged detention without charge, guards have moved detainees into solitary cells and begun force-feeding them. Officials claimed that violent clashes broke out as a number of the detainees resisted, and in response, guards fired non-lethal rounds to contain the inmates. See: http://www.aljazeera.com/news/americas/2013/04/2013413184417804493.html

 

23 March 2013

The Rendition Project publishes key documents and analysis from Mohamed et al v Jeppesen Dataplan, Inc. legal case

The Rendition Project has published a comprehensive set of documents from the Mohamed et al v Jeppesen Dataplan, Inc case. The case was filed on behalf of 5 rendition victims against Jeppesen Dataplan, Inc, for its role in the unlawful abduction, detention and treatment of the complainants. The case was never heard, because the court agreed to uphold the US government's claim of 'state secrets privilege'. With the assistance of the lead litigator in the case, Stephen Watt, from the American Civil Liberties Union, The Rendition Project has published the documents, along with key facts and analysis about the case.

 

7 March 2013

US Senate confirms John Brennan as Director of the CIA

As a high ranking CIA official in the Bush administration, Brennan endorsed the use of torture, and continues to insist that rendition was an 'absolutely vital tool' for 'producing intelligence that has saved lives'. In light of this, his nomination by President Obama was controversial, but he was confirmed by Senate as Director of the CIA on 7 March 2013 with 63-34 votes.

 

5 February 2013

Open Society Justice Initiative publishes rendition report

'Globalizing Torture: CIA Secret Detention and Extraordinary Rendition' provides details on the involvement of 54 countries in the renditions and secret detentions of 136 known victims.

 

9 January 2013

Britain Tortures Too

Friday 15 and Saturday 16 February 2013

Conference hosted by Amnesty International, and jointly organised by the Centre for Applied Philosophy, Politics & Ethics, University of Brighton, and The Rendition Project, Universities of Kent and Kingston.

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