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.
Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Thursday 16 April 2015
The United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention* will adopt its Basic Principles and Guidelines on the right of anyone deprived of liberty to challenge the lawfulness of his or her detention before court. The new guidelines will be approved in Geneva during the Group’s 72nd session (20-29 April).