Amnesty International Report Highlights CIA Torture and Enforced Disappearance of IJN Client Redha al-Najar
April 21, 2015, New York, NY. Amnesty International issued a report today condemning the US government’s failure to take effective measures to end impunity for the unlawful abuses committed as part of the CIA’s torture and detention program. The report, USA: Crimes and Impunity, highlights the case of International Justice Network (IJN) client Redha al-Najar, one of the victims of the CIA’s secret program. The report details the nature of Mr. al-Najar’s enforced disappearance from Pakistan in 2002 and the torture he endured while imprisoned at CIA black sites for nearly 700 days. Mr. al-Najar's horrific abuse was first described in the Executive Summary of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s report on CIA torture, released to the public in December 2014.
Also in December 2014, the Senate provided copies of the full 6,700 page report to major agencies of the US government. However, the agencies buried the report, refusing to even review its contents, let alone investigate the abuses and pursue measures of accountability for those responsible. USA: Crimes and Impunity strongly criticizes the Obama administration’s failure to act in the wake of the release of the Senate report. According to Amnesty International, “Instead of scrutinizing the report, examining the failures that led to the systematic abuse of detainees, and holding perpetrators accountable, the Obama administration is continuing on a course charted by its predecessors in the Bush administration and engaging in a de facto amnesty for the crimes under international law of torture and enforced disappearance.”
Amnesty International’s report, USA: Crimes and Impunity, is available here.
Learn more about Redha al-Najar’s case here.
April 7, 2015, New York, NY. The International Justice Network (IJN) strongly condemns the April 2 arrest of Nabeel Rajab, leading human rights defender and president of the Bahrain Center for Human Rights. Mr. Rajab was charged with “spreading false news” on Twitter after he posted a series of tweets denouncing the use of torture at Bahrain’s notorious Jaw Prison. Mr. Rajab is a close, long-standing ally of IJN, and one of the most courageous human rights defenders in the world. His arbitrary detention serves as a poignant reminder of his commitment to human rights, even at great personal sacrifice. As his home was being surrounded by Bahraini security forces, Mr. Rajab said, "What is certain is that the struggle for human rights and justice will continue in this country until all violations, and torture and crimes end. All those policeman and all those people will not stop my work or my resistance.”
March 26, 2015, New York, NY. On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court vacated the judgments of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit against Redha al-Najar and Amanatullah Ali, two Bagram detainees who sought to challenge their arbitrary detention by the U.S. Government. This marks the end of a nearly decade-long legal battle waged by the International Justice Network (IJN) in U.S. courts seeking justice for Bagram detainees.
March 17, 2015, New York, NY.
Caitlin Steinke, Staff Attorney with the International Justice Network ("IJN"), speaks with HuffPost Live about the fate of IJN client Redha al-Najar, who was tortured by the CIA for nearly 700 days, detained without charge at Bagram prison for 12 years, and then transferred to Afghan custody, where he continues to be held without charge.