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Human rights Watch releases report on UK “policy on torture”

On 2 November, Human Rights Watch released a new report on how the UK is seeking to undermine the absolute prohibition of torture.

Release of Ottawa Principles on Anti-terrorism and Human Rights

In October, a colloquium on anti-terrorism and human rights released general principles on anti-terrorism and human rights, following a meeting convened in June at the Faculty of Law of the University of Ottawa.

Council of Europe: Judges adopt recommendations on counter-terrorism and human rights

During its seventh plenary session held in Strasbourg from 8 to 10 November, the Consultative Council of European Judges (CCJE), an advisory body of the Council of Europe, adopted an opinion on the role of judges in the protection of the rule of law and human rights in the context of terrorism. The CCJE recommended […]

EU: SWIFT in violation of EU data protection laws

The “Article 29 Data Protection Working Party”, an EU agency made up of data protection supervisors from the 25 member states, found that the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication (SWIFT) violated EU data protection laws by giving US authorities access to millions of private financial transactions contained in its database. This follows the domestic […]

EU: New agreement reached with the United States on air passenger data exchange

On 16 October, the Council of the European Union (EU) adopted a decision on an interim agreement with the US to continue transferring airline passenger data to the US administration. This follows a ruling by the Court of Justice of the European Communities in May, which annulled the EU Council decision approving the 2004 Agreement […]

EU: Parliament releases interim report on secret detentions and renditions in Europe

On 28 November, the European Parliament’s “Temporary Committee on the alleged use of European countries by the CIA for the transportation and illegal detention of prisoners” released its interim report. The Committee concluded that most European countries were aware of the existence of CIA secret prisons or the use of European territories for the transfer […]