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
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.
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Published 13 September 2019
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Published 19 July 2019
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Published 11 July 2019
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Published 20 May 2019