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ECCHR PRACTITIONERS' WORKSHOP ON CIA-RENDITION FLIGHTS AND TORTURE IN BERLIN, OCTOBER 3-4, 2007

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In the first week of October the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR) organized a practitioners´ workshop on CIA-rendition flights and torture in Berlin. The two day workshop took place in the Staatsratsgebäude (former building of the GDR State Council, which now accommodates the Hertie School of Governance) hosted the meeting of 25 practitioners from more than 10 countries.

All participants are experts in rendition and detention cases, most of them as legal representatives of victims of the extraordinary rendition programs in different countries. Their work includes the Kurnaz and El Masri cases in Germany, the Al Zery case in Sweden as well as the Spanish investigation by investigation judges In Madrid about the use of Spanish airports. Many representatives of human rights organisations who have carried out investigations on the rendition program and/or are involved in trials, such as the Center for Constitutional Rights, OSI, the Romanian Helsinki Committee, Interights, the International Commission of Jurists, Reprieve, Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International and Statewatch participated.

DOCUMENTS

MATERIALS

1. Analysis of international and national law
a) David Weissbrodt/ Amy Bergquist, "Extraordinary Renditions: a Human Rights Analysis, in: Harvard Human Rights Journal Vol. 19, Spring 2006:
http://www.law.harvard.edu/students/orgs/hrj/iss19/weissbrodt.shtml

b) Margaret Satterthwaite, “Rendered Meaningless: Extraordinary Rendition and the Rule of Law,” in: George Washington Law Review, Vol. 75, Aug. 2007:
http://www.chrgj.org/docs/wp/WPS_NYU_CHRGJ_Satterthwaite_Rendition_Final.pdf


2. Investigation by European Institutions
a) First Report of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe on alleged secret detentions and unlawful inter-state transfers of detainees involving Council of Europe member states (2006):
http://assembly.coe.int/Documents/WorkingDocs/doc06/edoc10957.pdf

b) Second Report of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe on alleged secret detentions and unlawful inter-state transfers of detainees involving Council of Europe member states (2007):
http://assembly.coe.int/Documents/WorkingDocs/Doc07/edoc11302.pdf

c) European Parliament resolution on the alleged use of European countries by the CIA for the transportation and illegal detention of prisoners, adopted midway through the work of the Temporary Committee- 6 July 2006:
http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?pubRef=-//EP//TEXT+TA+P6-TA-2006-0316+0+DOC+XML+V0//EN&language=EN

d) European Parliament resolution on the alleged use of European countries by the CIA for the transportation and illegal detention of prisoners- 14 February 2007:
http://www.europarl.europa.eu/comparl/tempcom/tdip/final_ep_resolution_en.pdf


3. Investigations by journalists
a) Jane Mayer, Outsourcing Torture, in: New Yorker, February 14, 2005:
http://www.newyorker.com/archive/2005/02/14/050214fa_fact6

b) Jane Mayer, The Black Sites, in: New Yorker, August 13, 2007:
http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2007/08/13/070813fa_fact_mayer?printable=true

c) Stephen Grey, From logistics to turning a blind eye: Europe ‘s role in terror abductions, in: The Guardian, June 7, 2006:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/usa/story/0,,1791991,00.html


4. Investigation by parliamentary inquiry commissions

a) Report of the Joint Committee on Human Rights of the UK Parliament:
http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/jt200506/jtselect/jtrights/185/18511.htm

b) All Party Parliamentary Group on Extraordinary Rendition House of Commons, 2005-2006:
http://www.extraordinaryrendition.org/component/option,com_docman/task,doc_details/gid,43/Itemid,27/

c) Mandate for the Committee of Inquiry of the German Parliament in relation to CIA flights and the secret prisons for terror suspects operated by American agents
http://www.bundestag.de/ausschuesse/ua/1_ua/auftrag/auftrag_erweiter_eng.pdf


5. Investigations by Human Rights Organization

a) AI, "Partners in Crime, Europe ´s role in US renditions", (June 2006):
http://web.amnesty.org/library/pdf/EUR010082006ENGLISH/$File/EUR0100806.pdf

b) AI, CHR & GJ, CCR, Cageprisoners, HRW, Reprieve, "Off the Record, U.S. responsibility for Enforced Disappearances in the War on Terror" (June 2007):
http://www.chrgj.org/docs/OffRecord/OFF_THE_RECORD_FINAL.pdf

c) CHR & GJ, "Beyond Guantanamo: Transfers to Torture, One year after Rasul vs Bush" (June 2005):
http://www.chrgj.org/docs/Beyond%20Guantanamo%20Report%20FINAL.pdf

d) ACLU: Document Resources in the case of El-Masri vs Tenet:
http://www.aclu.org/safefree/torture/25540res20060511.html

e) ACLU: Document Resources in the case of Mohamed et al. vs Jeppesen Dataplan Inc.:
http://aclu.org/safefree/torture/29921res20070530.html

f) HRW: Extraordinary Rendition, Extraterritorial Detention and Treatment of Detainees: Restoring our moral credibility and strengthening our diplomatic standing- Testimony by Tom Malinowski (July 2007):
http://hrw.org/english/docs/2007/07/26/usint16514.htm

g) AI and CCR: Complaint of AI, CCR and Washington Square Legal Services vs CIA, Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Justice, Department of States (June 2007):
http://www.ccr-ny.org/v2/legal/september_11th/docs/Ghostdetainee_filing.pdf

h) Statewatch: Observatory on Rendition (useful information and links):
http://www.statewatch.org/rendition/rendition.html

i) International Commission of Jurists: Interrights’ Intervention before the Eminent Jurists Panel (July 2007):
http://ejp.icj.org/IMG/interights.pdf

j) Reprieve: Scottish Involvement in extraordinary rendition:
http://www.reprieve.org.uk/documents/230807REPORTONSCOTTISHINVOLVEMENT.pdf

k) HRW, AI, International Commission of Jurists, APT: Twelve Steps to End renditions and secret detentions in Europe (June 2006):
http://hrw.org/counterterrorism/pdf/2006/jointStatement062606.pdf

l) Cageprisoners: mass rendition, incommunicado detention and possible torture of foreign nationals in Kenya, Somalia and Ethiopia:
http://reprieve.org.uk/documents/070321HOArenditionreportfinal.pdf


6. Investigations- Role of the lawyers

a) Case Binyam Mohammed, Abou Elkassim Britel, Ahmed Agiza vs Jeppesen Dataplan, Inc. (First Amended Complaint):
http://www.aclu.org/pdfs/safefree/mohamed_v_jeppesen_1stamendedcomplaint.pdf

b) Case El Masri vs Tenet (Petition on the Supreme Court of the United States):
http://www.aclu.org/pdfs/safefree/elmasri_cert20070530.pdf

c) Case Maher Arar vs Ashcroft et al. (Complaint and demand for Jury Trial, 22 January 2004):
http://ccrjustice.org/ourcases/current-cases/arar-v.-ashcroft

7. Investigations in the US
a) District Court `s Order (12.05.2006) in the case El Masri vs Tenet:
http://www.aclu.org/safefree/torture/27015lgl20060512.html

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