Khaled El-Masri

Seeking International Accountability for Victims of U.S. Torture

Seeking International Accountability for Victims of U.S. Torture

By Jamil Dakwar, Director, ACLU Human Rights Program at 3:12pm
Today the international community commemorates the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture. The U.S. government should take this time to reflect on some astounding statistics: Despite well-documented evidence of the systemic use of torture by Bush administration officials, not one of the architects of these policies that led to the torture and abuse of hundreds of men, women and children has been held accountable and not one survivor has had their day in a U.S. court. As a result, the ACLU is seeking accountability for survivors in the international legal arena.
European Court: U.S. Extraordinary Rendition “Amounted to Torture”

European Court: U.S. Extraordinary Rendition “Amounted to Torture”

By Allison Frankel, Criminal Law Reform Project, ACLU at 10:30pm

Almost nine years ago, Khaled El-Masri was abducted, forcibly disappeared, and tortured by Macedonian authorities and the CIA. Until today, his well-documented claims of abuse had yet to be affirmed by any authorities responsible for his mistreatment…

Victim of Torture and CIA Rendition Gets His First Day in Court — in Europe

Victim of Torture and CIA Rendition Gets His First Day in Court — in Europe

By Jamil Dakwar, Director, ACLU Human Rights Program at 11:54am

Tomorrow, the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR), Europe's top human rights court based in Strasbourg, France, will hear arguments in El-Masri v. "the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia." Tomorrow's hearing marks the first case…

A Question for America About Torture

A Question for America About Torture

By Ben Wizner, Director, ACLU Speech, Privacy & Technology Project at 10:58am

Today the Supreme Court was asked if federal officials responsible for the torture of an American citizen on American soil may be sued for damages under the Constitution.

Europe Makes Progress on Accountability for Torture While U.S. Stalls

Europe Makes Progress on Accountability for Torture While U.S. Stalls

By Avinash Samarth, ACLU National Security Project at 1:09pm

European nations are making slow but steady progress towards holding their own officials accountable for their complicity in the CIA's secret rendition, detention, and interrogation programs. This past Tuesday, members of the Civil Liberties Committee…

Demanding Accountability in the Home of Torture Taxi Headquarters

Demanding Accountability in the Home of Torture Taxi Headquarters

By Christina Cowger, North Carolina Stop Torture Now at 10:41am

North Carolina’s Governor Beverly Perdue agreed with us 100 percent, her Policy Director Al Delia told our delegation — “extraordinary rendition” and torture are wrong. However, the Governor would do nothing about rendition…

Rendition Victims Seek Justice Before International Tribunal

By Francesca Corbacho, NYU Global Justice Clinic at 1:23pm

Four victims of “extraordinary rendition” — a Bush administration CIA-run program of abduction, enforced disappearance, and torture — are demanding justice in a case filed yesterday against the United States with the Inter-American…

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