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In 2004, four Iraqis filed a criminal complaint with the German federal prosecutor against senior United States officials alleging torture by US armed forces in Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq. The US government strongly protested and warned that the complaint…
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Germany should make sure that Ramstein is not used for illegal attacks

One balmy August night in 2012, a US drone strike killed five men gathered behind a mosque in Khashamir, a village in southeast Yemen. Three were suspected members of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP). The other two were pillars of their community…
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One month after the worst terrorist attack in Europe since Anders Breivik’s murder of 77 people in Norway, the contours of the response are becoming clear. Three areas stand out – new counterterrorism laws and policies; the related, though distinct,…
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Listening to the debate in Europe on the threat from the extremist group Islamic State (IS) and returning fighters feels like Groundhog Day. Its black-and-white presentation, the existential nature of the alleged threat, the notion that governments should…
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We, the undersigned organisations, call upon the 41 Governments that compose the Wassenaar Arrangement on Export Controls for Conventional Arms and Dual-Use Goods and Technologies, to take action and address the alarming proliferation of surveillance…
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General Assembly Should Pass Strong Resolution on the Right to Privacy in the Digital Age

(New York) – The United Nations General Assembly should approve a new resolution and make clear that indiscriminate surveillance is never consistent with the right to privacy, five human rights organizations said in a November 20, 2013 letter to members…
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US military commissions revoke for al-Qaida suspects the standard of justice extended to Nazi war criminals at Nuremberg In the course of three days in late August, I travelled from Courtroom 600 in Nuremberg, Germany, where an international…
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Alarming Decline in Europe’s Record

(Brussels) – The European Union and member governments proved unwilling to tackle human rights abuse at home during 2011, even as they proclaimed the issue’s importance in inspiring the Arab Spring, Human Rights Watch said today in its World Report 2012…
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Resettling Those No Longer Considered a Threat Helps Advance Effort to Close the Prison

(Berlin) - The German government's decision on July 7, 2010, to accept two Guantanamo Baydetainees for resettlement is an important step in closing down the prison, Human Rights Watch said today. Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere announced that…
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Torture is prohibited under international law, at anytime and anywhere. No exceptions are allowed. Yet the UK, France and Germany are engaged in ongoing counterterrorism cooperation with foreign intelligence services in countries that routinely use…
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 “No Questions Asked” Intelligence Cooperation with Countries that Torture Executive Summary Background International Law on Torture The obligation to prevent and punish torture Torture material as evidence…
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Don’t Accept Torture Intelligence From Abusive Countries

(London) - France, Germany, and the United Kingdom use foreign intelligence obtained under torture in the fight against terrorism, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. The 62-page report, "'No Questions Asked': Intelligence Cooperation…
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Human Rights Watch's Submission to the Human Rights Council

Human Rights Watch is concerned about a number of practices which in Switzerland have led to serious instances of human rights violations that erode the implementation of international standards of human rights protection in the country. Human Rights…
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Regarding the Swiss Government’s Use of Diplomatic Assurances Against Torture for Extraditions to Turkey

Dear President Calmy-Rey: Thank you for your letter of April 4, 2007, which sets forth your government’s position on the use of diplomatic assurances against torture and ill-treatment. Human Rights Watch remains extremely concerned about the efforts of…
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(New York) – The Central Intelligence Agency secretly operated illegal prisons for terrorism suspects in multiple locations in Poland and Romania from 2003 to 2005, according to a report released today by the Council of Europe, a European…
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The European Parliament should condemn European complicity in the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) program of “extraordinary renditions” and secret detention of prisoners, Human Rights Watch said today. The report of the European Parliament’s…
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Cases Involving Diplomatic Assurances against Torture Developments since May 2005 Introduction Austria Mohamed Bilasi-Ashri (Update) Canada Lai Cheong Sing (Update) Security Certificate Cases (Update) Mohammad Zeki Mahjoub: Torture…
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Letter to the Swiss Government Regarding Diplomatic Assurances and Pending Extradition Cases December 14, 2006 Re: The use of diplomatic assurances in pending extradition cases Dear President Leuenberger and Minister Calmy-Rey: I am writing to express…
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Report Stresses Further Need to Investigate Secret Detention and Rendition to Torture

A new report by the European Parliament’s Temporary Committee on illegal CIA activity in Europe is a powerful indictment of European governments’ complicity in CIA abuses, Human Rights Watch said today. “The report shows how European governments acted as…