David Davis demands access to secret hearings on torture

David Davis MP is asking the High Court for access to secret court hearings into past UK involvement in torture.

Published 17 September 2020

Judgment in Chinese fraud and torture case to be handed down next week

Judgment in a case concerning alleged fraud and torture will be handed down next week by the Supreme Court via video link.

Published 31 July 2020

UK may have been complicit in torture of 15 more people, court hearing reveals

There are at least 15 previously-unidentified cases of people who may have been tortured with UK complicity, it has been revealed as part of a High Court hearing in which the UK government is trying to have all evidence of the 15 cases heard in a secret court.

Published 10 June 2020

Dr Kasey McCall-Smith: Enhanced interrogation is just torture by another name

Dr Kasey McCall Smith is a senior lecturer in public international law at Edinburgh University. She first travelled to Guantánamo Bay Naval Station in 2016 and has returned nine times since as part of a project examining the effects of torture on fair trial rights.

Published 4 March 2020

England: High Court to hear challenge over government refusal to hold judge-led inquiry into torture and rendition

The High Court of England and Wales will hear a judicial review challenge over the UK government’s refusal to hold a fully independent, judge-led inquiry into British involvement in rendition and torture, a judge has ruled. Human rights NGO Reprieve, politicians David Davis and Dan Jarvis launched judicial review proceedings against the government in October of this year. In granting permission for the case to proceed, Mr Justice Hilliard wrote: "The argument for an unmet investigative obligation emerges from the history of previous investigations which were not completed…witness testimony is particularly important where records may not tell the full story…systemic failings may not be satisfactorily identified in separate proceedings initiated by individuals. Although some lessons have undoubtedly been learned and improvements made, it is open to argument whether all the necessary lessons can have been learned if the facts have not been fully established."Mr Justice Hilliard referenced the Intelligence and Security Committee's (ISC) findings extensively in his judgment granting permission for the judicial review to proceed:

Published 2 December 2019

UK government in court over failure to investigate British involvement in torture

The UK government is being taken to court over its refusal to hold a fully independent, judge-led inquiry into British involvement in rendition and torture.

Published 10 October 2019

New torture revelations highlight need for UK inquiry

Newly-declassified cables provide further details of the torture two men – Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and Abu Zubaydah – were subjected to by the CIA during interrogations UK security services were aware of and sometimes supplied questions for.

Published 13 September 2019

UK government torture inquiry refusal a ‘broken promise’ to torture survivors

The UK government has refused to hold an inquiry into British involvement in rendition and torture, while presenting updated Whitehall guidance – the so-called ‘torture policy’ – that fails to expressly prohibit ministers authorising action carrying a real risk of torture, human rights organisation Reprieve said.

Published 19 July 2019

Use of Glasgow Airport in CIA rendition of man to Egypt revealed

The use of Glasgow Airport in the rendition of a man whose torture in Egypt led to the false information which provided part of the case for the Iraq War has been revealed in a new report on the CIA's network of black sites around the world.

Published 11 July 2019

Secret ‘torture policy’ of Ministry of Defence revealed

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) has been maintaining a secret policy allowing ministers to approve actions which could lead to torture, The Times reports.

Published 20 May 2019