In Case You Missed It: Andy Worthington Analyzed the Global Justice Clinic’s Work at the African Commission
January 7, 2014

In November 2013, the Global Justice Clinic traveled to the Gambia to present evidence to the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights in the case of al-Asad v. Djibouti, revealing Djibouti’s active role in the U.S. extraordinary rendition and secret detention program.

Journalist Andy Worthington analyzed this work in a blog post:
“[November 2, 2013], for the first time, the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights, founded in 1986, heard a case relating to the program of rendition and torture established under George W. Bush after the 9/11 attacks, with particular reference to US crimes committed on African soil.
The case was brought by the Global Justice Clinic, based at the Center for Human Rights and Justice at New York University School of Law and by the London-based INTERIGHTS (the International Centre for the Legal Protection of Human Rights), and it concerns the role played by Djibouti, in the Horn of Africa, as part of the program of rendition, secret detention and torture run by the CIA on Bush’s orders, with specific reference to the case of Mohammed al-Asad, a Yemeni citizen, who, as the Global Justice Clinic explained in a press release, “was secretly detained, tortured and interrogated in Djibouti for several weeks in 2003 and 2004 before being forcibly transferred to a CIA ‘black site…’”


Read the rest of the analysis here.


See also: African Commission Emerges as New Forum in Quest for Justice for Rendition Victims on Just Security.

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