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The US Government files a response to the APPG's Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) litigation. It asserts that the APPG and Andrew Tyrie are "representatives of a foreign government".
On 16th December 2009, the APPG filed litigation against the CIA and other US agencies for their failure to produce documents relating to the Group's requests under the Freedom of Information Act.
The APPG publishes its Annual Review 2009, detailing its activities over the past year. The review includes information on our international freedom of information campaign, legislative proposals, US trip and committee submissions.
On 27th January 2010, UN human rights experts Martin Scheinin and Manfred Nowak, in cooperation with the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention and the Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances, published this joint study on secret detention worldwide. It includes allegations that Britain was complicit in the mistreatment and possible torture of a number of individuals, including Binyam Mohammed, Salahuddin Amin, Zeeshan Siddiqui, Rangzieb Ahmed and Rashid Rauf.
The APPG launches its legal proposals to criminalise UK involvement in extraordinary rendition. This consultation document sets out the proposed legislation and invites responses by 31 December 2009.
On 31 July 2009 the High Court revised its earlier judgment in the case involving Binyam Mohamed. The revisions are highlighted in the this judgment.
The APPG visited the US in May 2009 to discuss rendition and related issues with the US Adminstration. This is a report of the visit.
On 27 January 2009 the APPG published its Annual Review 2008. The review sets out the work of the APPG and developments in the campaign against extraordinary rendition and UK involvement in it during 2008. This includes the two rendition flights through Diego Garcia; the High Court's judgments in the case of British resident Binyam Mohamed; the publication of the Foreign Affairs Committee's Reports into the Overseas Territories and its Human Rights Annual Report 2007; the Group's investigation of the MOD's policy on the transfer of detainees captured by UK Forces in Iraq and Afghanistan; and the launch of the APPG's internation information campaign.
In December 2008 Redress published this report entitled 'The United Kingdom, Torture and Anti-Terrorism: Where the Problems Lie'.
The APPG publishes a Legal Opinion on detainee handovers by UK Forces, prepared by Michael Fordham QC and Tom Hickman, barristers at Blackstone Chambers specialising in human rights law, on instruction from solicitors Michael Davison and Emma Colquhoun, at the law firm Lovells LLP. The Opinion makes clear that any assurances given by the US authorities that an individual handed over by UK forces to the US authorities would not be mistreated or unlawfully rendered, would not absolve the UK government of the obligation to examine whether the assurances provide a sufficient guarantee that the individual will be protected against the risk of ill-treatment. Importantly, the Legal Opinion highlights 'specific concerns about the legality of the UK having accepted such assurances' from the US.