British forces in Afghanistan will transfer prisoners to Afghan authorities

The British military will transfer prisoners to Afghan authorities.  The transfer of prisoners by British forces to Afghan custody was suspended last December over concerns of the torture of prisoners at an Afghan prison.  More can be read here and here.

Scottish Police will investigate claims that rendition flights landed in Scotland

A study conducted by the Rendition Project has yielded new information about rendition flights passing through the UK.  More can be read here and here.

UN Committee Against Torture Calls For Re-establishment of Inquiry into Allegations of Torture of Detainees

The UN Committee Against Torture also expressed concern over the passage of the Justice and Security Act and its potential implications for fair trials and transparency.  The Committee's report of Concluding Observations can be read here.

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.