Unredacted is a research unit that investigates and documents secretive UK state and corporate practices in the context of national security.


The Unredacted team undertakes in-depth investigations into national security programmes and practices, with a particular focus on covert, clandestine and secretive aspects of the US-UK ‘War on Terror’. We produce original, high-impact research, uncovering the contours of secretive practices, identifying abuses of power and enabling others to hold governments and corporations to account.


Our fully-searchable Archive provides access to thousands of national security-related documents, including those sourced through our investigations or otherwise gathered by the team. The Archive will grow significantly throughout 2024, becoming a permanent, public collection of material relating to national security and human rights.


Our findings have made headlines across national media and led to emergency parliamentary debates, Ministerial statements and changes in government policy. Our work has informed official inquiries into systematic human rights abuses and war crimes investigations at the UN and ICC, and has supported cases brought before UK courts, the European Court of Human Rights, the US Supreme Court and military commissions at Guantánamo Bay.

Our Briefings

UK Special Forces War Crimes: Operations, 2010-13

An overview of 26 separate UK Special Forces operations which resulted in the killing of at least 84 Afghan boys and men, including children as young as 12. Many of these appear to have been war crimes.

UK Special Forces War Crimes: Senior Officers, 2010-13

A briefing exploring contemporaneous knowledge among senior UK Special Forces officers of what appears to have been the systematic unlawful killings by SAS units in Afghanistan and the fabricated reporting designed to cover up these crimes.

UK Special Forces War Crimes: The Key Documents

Documents that make clear the extent to which senior officers in UK Special Forces were aware of potential systematic war crimes in Afghanistan, as well as suspicion among Royal Military Police investigators that evidence was subsequently covered up.
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Our Collections

The Unredacted FOIA Archive

The UK’s largest collection of national security-related material released under the Freedom of Information Act (2000), including ICO decision notices and judgments from the First-Tier and Upper Tribunals.

Investigatory Powers Tribunal

Documents related to the work of the Investigatory Powers Tribunal (IPT), the body responsible for considering allegations of unlawful intrusion and other human rights violations by public bodies, including the UK intelligence services.

Intelligence Commissioners

Annual reports, correspondence and other material relating to the work of the Intelligence Commissioners, including the Investigatory Powers Commissioner’s Office and its predecessors.

Special Immigration Appeals Commission

Documents relating to proceedings at the Special Immigration Appeals Commission (SIAC) involving appeals against citizenship deprivation and detention, deportation or exclusion from the UK on grounds of national security, or other public interest reasons.

Parliamentary Committees

A collection of documents related to the work of Parliamentary Committees in areas of national security and human rights, including those of the Defence Committee, the Intelligence and Security Committee, and the Committees on Arms Export Controls.

NGO Reports

A wide-ranging collection of NGO reports related to UK national security and human rights, including research on torture and secret detention, arms exports, counterterrorism training and drone operations.
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