Government may be willing to settle Belhaj case

Former Qaddafi opponent Abdul Hakim Belhaj is suing the Home Office, the Foreign Office, MI5, MI6, former Foreign Secretary Jack Straw, former MI6 agent Mark Allen and the Attorney General for their alleged role in his 2004 rendition.  Lawyers for the Government may apply to have the case heard in secret under the Justice and Security Act, which comes into force in July.  More can be read here and here.

First court hearing in Abdul Hakim Belhaj case begins

Case Management Conference held in Belhaj case against British Government for its alleged role in his rendition to Libya.  More can be read here.

UK's Commitment to Eliminate Torture Scrutinised by UN Committee

UN Committee Against Torture examines UK's human rights record and potential complicity in rendition and abusive interrogations.  More can be read here,

Scotland Yard Investigates MI5 and MI6 Over Three More Allegations of Mistreatment of Detainees at Bagram detention centre

British intelligence officers are under investigation in three new claims alleging involvement in their abuse after 9/11.  More can be read here and here.

Independent Review Concludes that US Tortured Detainees

The Constitution Project's Task Force on Detainee Treatment concludes that the United States engaged in torture in its detention and interrogration programmes after 9/11.  The report finds that "The United States may not declare a nation guilty of engaging in torture and then exempt itself from being so labeled for similar if not identical conduct."  

More can be read here.  

The report can be read here.

 Read Andrew Tyrie's statement here.

No Clarity on When UK Government Will Publish Report on Rendition

Report on Britain's involvement in extraordinary rendition was written by Sir Peter Gibson after inquiry on rendition was closed down.


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House of Lords votes against amendments to the Justice and Security Bill

Peers narrowly reject an amendment that would have made closed material procedures (CMPs) - so-called 'secret courts' - a last resort.  The debate can be read here.

Justice and Security Bill Still Neither Just Nor Secure

In a follow up report published by Centre for Policy Studies, Anthony Peto QC and Andrew Tyrie MP set out a number of amendments needed to implement the safeguards originally voted in by the Lords and greatly improve the legislation.  The report can be read here.