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Tracking global rendition flights

Martin Herrema thumbnail By Martin Herrema | 22 May 2013

A new database has tracked over 11,000 flights by more than 120 aircraft linked by past investigations to renditions.

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It also contains details of over 50 private companies contracted for or by the CIA in relation to rendition flights.

The University-hosted database is the latest addition to the Rendition Project, an online project designed to analyse the global system of rendition, secret detention and torture initiated by the US. The new database will enable users to search for, and visualise, underlying data contained within the Rendition Project via an interactive map showing rendition flights. Flight data underpinning the database is collated from over 40 separate sources.

Launched in May 2012, the Rendition Project is part of wider research to collate and analyse huge amounts of data on the global rendition system. It is led by Dr Ruth Blakeley, Senior Lecturer in International Relations at Kent’s School of Politics and International Relations, and Dr Sam Raphael, Lecturer in Politics at Kingston University. They work closely with Reprieve, a UK-based legal action charity which has led the way in investigating secret prisons and representing victims of rendition and torture.

The Rendition Flights Database, is produced in collaboration with The Information Lab, a company specialising in this type of web tool. The Rendition project is funded by the UK’s Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).

For more information contact: Martin Herrema.

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