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A review of the APPG's activities between its establishment in December 2005 and December 2006. It covers the publication of briefing papers provided by NYU and Professor James Crawford; the holding of Information Sessions on Bisher al-Rawi and Jamil el-Banna; forcing the Government to clarify the permissions system that applies to rendition flights through the UK; collaboration with the Council of Europe, European Parliament, UK Committees; and a report of the APPG's visit to the US to hold a series of meetings on rendition with members of the Administration, Congressmen and their staff, and Senior Senate Staffers.
The memo written for the Prime Minister's Office on rendition, and subsequently leaked to the New Statesman.
The APPG commissioned a legal opinion on rendition from Professor James Crawford, an eminent expert from Cambridge University. The Legal Opinion showed clearly that the UK could not simply rely on the US assurances to ensure that it was in compliance with its international legal obligations. Since the publication of the Opinion, the UK position has dramatically shifted and is now much stricter: “we will grant permission only if we are satisfied that the rendition would accord with UK law and our international obligations, and how we understand our obligations under the UN Convention Against Torture.” The Opinion received considerable press coverage: e.g. The Guardian ‘Investigator links Europe's spy agencies to CIA flights’, ‘CIA flight reports “credible”’; The BBC ‘CIA flight assurances 'worthless'; numerous ‘blog sites’; and the European Times from where it was forwarded to US members of Congress by Congressman Edward Markey as evidence in support of his legislative attempt to prevent the US continuing the practice of rendition. The Opinion has also become the definitive analysis of the Rice statement and has been extensively cited in Parliament.
The Centre for Human Rights and Global Justice at New York University law school produced a Briefing Paper on rendition for the APPG