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Europe’s highest Human Rights Court hears Rendition case

The European Court of Human Rights today heard its first case involving a victim of the CIA rendition program. The Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) heard detailed evidence supporting Khaled El-Masri’s claim that he was subjected to torture and ill treatment in a notorious Afghan prison, after being… Read More

Lubanga’s verdict only first step towards justice for victims

The International Criminal Court (ICC) today issued its first-ever verdict, finding Thomas Lubanga Dyilo guilty of the war crime of enlisting and conscripting children under 15 into the Forces Patriotiques Pour la Liberation du Congo (FPLC) and using them actively in hostilities in the Ituri region of the Democratic Republic of… Read More

Thomas Luganba trial: timeline of victims’ engagement

The International Criminal Court (ICC) will issue its first verdict today in the case against Congolese warlord Thomas Lubanga Dyilo. As the leader of the Union of Congolese Patriots (UPC) and the commander-in-chief of its military wing, the Forces Patriotiques Pour la Libération du Congo (FPLC), Lubanga is accused of enlisting and conscripting… Read More

International human rights experts call for key changes to the detainee inquiry as Abdul Hakim Belhadj joins list of survivors refusing to participate

The government’s planned ‘Detainee Inquiry’ faces further harsh criticism today as seventeen distinguished international human rights experts publish an open letter to Prime Minister David Cameron stating that “the powers currently given to the Inquiry are seriously deficient and that it will be unable to properly fulfil the UK’s human rights… Read More