June 30, 2015, New York, NY.
Caitlin Steinke, Staff Attorney with the International Justice Network (IJN), speaks with Al Jazeera America about the release of Redha al-Najar and Lotfi al-Ghrissi, who were tortured for years by the CIA before being imprisoned for over a decade - without charge or trial - at Bagram prison.
Tunisian Men Tortured by CIA and Detained Without Charge For Over a Decade in U.S. Custody Are Finally Freed
June 30, 2015, New York, NY. The International Justice Network (IJN) is happy to announce today that two of its clients, Redha al-Najar and Lotfi al-Ghrissi, have finally been released after spending more than a decade imprisoned without charge in U.S. custody. Both men were secretly captured and tortured for years by the CIA at “black sites” prior to being transferred to the U.S. military prison at Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan (“Bagram”). The U.S. government then detained Mr. al-Najar and Mr. al-Ghrissi without charge or access to a lawyer for more than a decade, and claimed that since they were imprisoned outside of the United States, they had no legal or human rights enforceable under U.S. law.
In 2008, IJN filed habeas petitions on behalf of Mr. al-Najar and Mr. al-Ghrissi in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, arguing that the U.S. government was violating the U.S. Constitution and international law by imprisoning them indefinitely without charge. In 2009, the judge in Mr. al-Najar's case ruled that Mr. al-Najar had a constitutional right to petition a U.S. court to challenge his detention by the U.S. government. However, the government opposed Mr. al-Najar’s right to have his day in court, appealed the ruling, and ultimately obtained a reversal of the District Court’s decision. In August 2014, IJN filed a petition for certiorari asking the U.S. Supreme Court to consider the case, and to declare that Mr. al-Najar and other detainees held at Bagram had a constitutional right to have their cases heard in U.S. courts.
June 26, 2015, New York, NY. Torture is widely recognized as the most cruel and inhumane treatment of a fellow human being - it is specifically designed to strip a person of his or her human dignity and sense of self. Survivors of torture never fully recover, but your support can help them heal. Today is the annual International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, which presents an important opportunity to stand in solidarity with those who have survived this most unforgivable crime.
Amnesty International Report Highlights CIA Torture and Enforced Disappearance of IJN Client Redha al-Najar
April 21, 2015, New York, NY. Amnesty International issued a report today condemning the US government’s failure to take effective measures to end impunity for the unlawful abuses committed as part of the CIA’s torture and detention program. The report, USA: Crimes and Impunity, highlights the case of International Justice Network (IJN) client Redha al-Najar, one of the victims of the CIA’s secret program. The report details the nature of Mr. al-Najar’s enforced disappearance from Pakistan in 2002 and the torture he endured while imprisoned at CIA black sites for nearly 700 days. Mr. al-Najar's horrific abuse was first described in the Executive Summary of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s report on CIA torture, released to the public in December 2014.