Accountability for extraordinary rendition

Accountability of Government actions even in times of acute stress is a necessary part of maintaining the rule of law. We advise the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Extraordinary Rendition (ER), chaired by Stephen Timms MP and Rt. Hon. Lord Tyrie. ER was a practice introduced where suspected terrorists were held in secret locations outside the United States and interrogated using an "alternative set of procedures."

The APPG on Extraordinary Rendition was set up in December 2005, in response to allegations that the UK had been involved in the U.S. rendition program. The aim of the group has been to establish the truth about the scope and scale of UK involvement in extraordinary rendition, and to reduce the likelihood that the UK will take part in extraordinary rendition in the future.

A transatlantic team of lawyers has been involved in Freedom of Information Act litigation to ensure disclosure of relevant documents from the Department of Defense, FBI, and CIA. The documents have highlighted thematic areas of concern and support the APPG's objective to seek an independent judge-led inquiry into UK involvement in detainee mistreatment and rendition in the wake of 9/11.

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