Welcome to The APPG on Extraordinary Rendition

Andrew Tyrie MPAndrew Tyrie MP

 

The All Party Parliamentary Group on Extraordinary Rendition was established by Andrew Tyrie in December 2005. It is a cross party grouping of MPs and Peers from the British parliament who have come together to examine extraordinary rendition and related issues.

 

The questions asked by... the All-Party Parliamentary Group are precisely the sort of parliamentary
interrogation and questioning that is wholly appropriate.


Former Foreign Secretary David Miliband MP, 21 February 2008

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has filed a Freedom of Information lawsuit against the CIA to seek the disclosure of the Senate Intelligence Committee's Torture 6000+ page report and the CIA's response to it.  The Senate report is the most comprehensive review of the CIA's extraordinary rendition programme to date.  More can be read here.

The Upper Tribunal has now upheld part of the APPG's appeal against the refusal of the Foregin and Commonwealth Office (FCO) to disclose further information regarding the UK's role in extraordinary rendition.

The APPG is now considering its options in light of the Upper Tribunal's judgment.  The judgment can be read here.

 

 

The preliminary report of the Gibson Inquiry on the extent of British involvement in extraordinary rendition and possible mistreatment of detainees was to be published last week.  However, the Government delayed its release last minute for reasons that are not entirely clear.  More can be read here.

It reportedly concludes that UK intelligence officers knew of mistreatment of detainees at US-run detention facilities in Afghanistan, Guantanamo Bay and Pakistan.  The Gibson Inquiry report was delivered to the Prime Minister on 27 June 2012.  More can be read here and here.  

The report, which was published by the Institute on Medicine as a Profession and the Open Society Foundations, accuses the US Government of directing medical personnel to ignore their professional code of ethics and collaborate in security practices that were detrimental to the detainees and constituted torture and cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment.  Ethics Abandoned can be read here.  More can be read here.

The uncorrected transcript from the session, held on 7 November 2013, can be read here.

The Westminster Hall debate on the Oversight of the Intelligence and Security Services, held on 31 October 2013, can be read here.

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