We investigate extrajudicial and military detention in secret prisons around the world

After 9/11, the CIA built and maintained a network of secret prisons across the globe for the detention of terrorism suspects who were often transported via ‘extraordinary rendition‘. Some facilities remain operational to this day. Since these ‘black sites’ operated outside of US borders and outside of US jurisdiction, evidence has shown that ‘rendered’ prisoners were thrust into a legal black hole and subjected to brutal torture and other human rights abuses.

CIA prison facilities have been uncovered in Afghanistan, Diego Garcia (British Indian Ocean Territory), Djibouti, Egypt and Syria, among others. In 2005, it emerged that the CIA was detaining prisoners in Europe, transporting them covertly through European airspace and airports.

Reprieve investigates extra-judicial detention and military detention in secret prisons around the world, working to reunite ‘disappeared’ prisoners with their human rights under US and international law. We are investigating the role of corporations in the illegal rendition, incarceration and torture of prisoners in the ‘war on terror’, as well as the complicity of European states, including Romania, Poland and Lithuania. In 2014, we secured a successful ruling in the European Court of Human Rights that Poland facilitated CIA torture in black sites – the first ruling on European complicity in the CIA torture program.

Our Secret Prisons Cases

Sharif Mobley

Abdul-Hakim Belhaj and Fatima Boudchar

Latest Secret Prisons News

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June 29, 2017

A vote on the use of military force is a chance to bring back accountability

The House Appropriations Committee has approved an amendment to the Defense Appropriations Bill that would force Congress to vote again on the Authorisation for Use of Military Force (AUMF) – a bill first passed in 2001 that gives wide-ranging powers to the President to carry out military operations abroad without proper oversight from lawmakers.

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June 29, 2017

A vote on the use of military force is a chance to bring back accountability

The House Appropriations Committee has approved an amendment to the Defense Appropriations Bill that would force Congress to vote again on the Authorisation for Use of Military Force (AUMF) – a bill first passed in 2001 that gives wide-ranging powers to the President to carry out military operations abroad without proper oversight from lawmakers.

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June 22, 2017

US linked to Yemeni torture prisons: Reprieve comment

The Trump Administration has been mixed up in a secret network of prisons in southern Yemen where abuse is routine and torture extreme, Associated Press has reported.

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June 7, 2017

New US torture lawsuit targets CIA ‘black sites’

Attorneys for Guantanamo's 'forever prisoner' Abu Zubaydah have filed a new US federal lawsuit against the architects of the CIA torture program as part of an official investigation into US-led...
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March 22, 2017

UK High Court rules Blair-era rendition case can be heard in secret

The UK High Court has today ruled that a Blair-era renditions case should be heard in secret, following a request from the UK government under the controversial Justice and Security Act.

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March 20, 2017

British dad spends 1000th day on Ethiopia’s death row

A father-of-three from London has now spent 1000 days on Ethiopia’s death row, after the country’s security forces kidnapped and rendered him there in June 2014.