Minister without Portfolio Ken Clarke Responds to Andrew Tyrie MP

The Minister responds to some of the concerns raised by Andrew Tyrie MP and Tony Peto QC about the Justice and Security Bill, including its impact on obtaining full public disclosure of British involvement in extraordinary rendition.  The letter can be read here.

Channel 4 Video of the Rendition and Torture of Abdul Hakim Belhaj

Article on 'New evidence of UK complicity in Libya torture' provides details of the abuse suffered by Libyan dissident and Qaddafi opponent Belhaj.  The article and video can be found here.

Open Society Publishes Report on Extraordinary Rendition

Extensive new report details involvement of as many as 54 countries in CIA extraordinary rendition programme.  The report can be read here.

Day 1 of Committee Stage of the Justice and Security Bill

The Justice and Security Bill Committee begins its line-by-line scrutiny of the Bill.  Amendments and the Committee's meeting dates can be found here.

The Centre for Policy Studies report on the Bill by Andrew Tyrie MP and Antony Peto QC has received extensive media coverage.  Some articles can be read here and here and here.

Andrew Tyrie MP & Antony Peto QC Call for Major Changes to the Justice & Security Bill

In a report published by the Centre for Pollicy Studies, the authors argue that the Justice and Security Bill, in its current form, would damage Britain’s system of open justice and tarnish Britain’s reputation at home and abroad.  

The Bill, in its current form, would make it more difficult to uncover official wrongdoing, such as the kdinapt and torture of individuals by the state. 

The report can be read here.

Torture of detainees in Afghan custody an ongoing problem, according to UN report

The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan published a report highlighting the problem of torture of detainees in Afghan detention facilities.  The report can be read here

Andrew Tyrie speaks at Second Reading of the Justice and Security Bill

The Chairman of the APPG urges the Government to accept the Lords' amendments to the Bill.  His speech can be read here.

UK Government Pays £2.2m to Settle Rendition Claim Brought by Libyan Dissident

Documents discovered in Tripoli revealed British role in the 2004 rendition of Sami al-Saadi, his wife and four children.  The story can be read here.