Joanne Mariner is the Interim Director of Law and Policy at Amnesty International. Before taking up this role, she was the Human Rights Program Director at Hunter College, City University of New York. Previously, she was the Director of the Terrorism and Counterterrorism Program at Human Rights Watch, where she has worked inter alia on documenting war crimes in Colombia, Kosovo and Darfur, political violence in Haiti, and the interface between terrorism and the laws of war. She closely follows developments at Guantanamo and has conducted extensive research on rendition and CIA prisons. In 2006, she testified before the European Parliament about CIA activities in Europe. She drafted Human Rights Watch’s 1999 submission to the House of Lords in the Pinochet case, and is the author of a ground-breaking 2001 report on prison rape. Before joining Human Rights Watch, Mariner served as a law clerk to Judge Stephen Reinhardt of the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
There has been significant commentary on violent extremists’ intent to exploit this rare moment of uncertainty and instability caused by the global COVID-19 pandemic in developing countries such as Mali and Niger and public demonstrations. The global pandemic, recent protests, and government response to these demonstrations heighten the risk for violent radicalisation that affects the […]
‘IS told us this…if you leave, either we or the landmines will kill you’ Kamal, a former farmer from Daquq, Iraq The territorial defeat of the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) offers hope for Iraq and Syria. And yet, many of the factors that contributed to this terrorist organisation’s escalation remain, worsened by ongoing devastation and destruction. […]
On July 16, the UK’s Court of Appeal determined that Shamima Begum, currently at an IDP camp in northeast Syria, has the right to return to the UK to challenge the stripping of her British nationality. Born in the UK to parents of Bangladeshi origin, Begum had her UK citizenship – the only one she […]