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on the world: a view on human rights

Who’s Afraid of Airat Vakhitov?

By the time Airat Nasimovich Vakhitov turns 40, he will already have spent a good part of his life on the run, not from justice but the Russian state. His … Continue reading

March 18, 2017 · Leave a comment

Europe Turns the Screws on Former Guantánamo Prisoners

The US-run detention centre for “war on terror” prisoners at Guantánamo Bay is truly a collaborative effort; dozens of states worldwide assisted the US in the arrest, detention, torture or … Continue reading

September 13, 2016 · 1 Comment

Obama closed Bagram, so why not Guantánamo?

With less than 18 months before the end of Barack Obama’s term as US president, the question of whether or not he will be able to keep his key election … Continue reading

August 14, 2015 · 2 Comments

Creating a State of Mass Terror in the North Caucasus

On 23 December 2014, the longest criminal trial with the largest number of defendants in contemporary Russian history came to an end when a guilty verdict was pronounced in the … Continue reading

December 31, 2014 · 6 Comments

Rasul Kudaev: An Injustice Too Far

Rasul Kudaev, a Russian national from the Kabardino-Balkaria Republic (KBR) in the North Caucasus region, has spent almost all of the 21st century behind bars in prisons in three different … Continue reading

December 31, 2014 · 8 Comments

Caught between a rock and a hard place: US must ensure safety upon release for Guantánamo prisoners

Nine prisoners held at Guantánamo Bay were released in December 2013, out of a total of 11 prisoners released over the past year. All were held without charge or trial … Continue reading

January 3, 2014 · 6 Comments

Rasul Kudaev: Hostage to 21st Century Justice

Does it get much worse than torture and illegal detention at Guantánamo Bay? In February 2004, 35-year old Russian national Rasul Kudaev was released from Guantánamo Bay after more than … Continue reading

March 26, 2013 · 8 Comments