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Case Watch: UK Supreme Court Backs Government Rejection of Statelessness Claim

March 25, 2015 | by Simon Cox

The UK Supreme Court ruled that stripping British nationality from a naturalized citizen accused of terrorism did not make him stateless, even when his country of birth repudiated the claim.

Europeans Urge United States to Allow Edward Snowden a Public Interest Defense

March 19, 2015 | by Sandra Coliver

European parliamentarians have formally urged the United States to allow Edward Snowden to return home without fear of facing a criminal prosecution that would exclude the possibility of a public interest defense.

Grantee Spotlight

How Paralegals Delivered Access to Justice in the Jails of Sierra Leone

March 17, 2015 | by Marina Ilminska, Zaza Namoradze

Timap for Justice sent community-based paralegals into police stations in Sierra Leone. The result? Around half the people they helped were released on bail; more than a quarter saw charges dropped altogether.

Litigation

UN Human Rights Committee
Status: Active

A survivor of the May 2005 massacre in Andijan, Uzbekistan, accuses the Uzbek authorities of subjecting him to torture and illegal detention in 2003 and 2004.

European Court of Human Rights
Status: Closed

The ECHR ruled in favor of Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, finding that Poland had allowed his illegal rendition, detention and torture at a secret prision run by the CIA.