Because terrorism can negatively impact human rights, countries are obligated to protect the rights of their citizens through effective counterterrorism measures. At the same time, countries must ensure that these measures comply with international human rights law.
Unfortunately, the reality is that human rights are often sidelined when counterterrorism policies are crafted. Unintended consequences of these laws can restrict freedom of association, expression and peaceful assembly, among other basic rights. In repressive regimes, counterterrorism laws and policies are often used as an excuse for restrictive measures against civil society. Civil society must be diligent in pushing back against restrictive policies and ensure that adequate Humanitarian Safeguards are in place.
Israel Shuts Down Palestinian Civil Society Groups as U.S. Continues to “Review” Unsubstantiated Allegations from Last Fall
Washington, D.C., Aug. 18, 2022 — Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz has reportedly ratified the terrorism designations of three of the six Palestinian human rights and civil society organizations first designated by the Israeli military
Treating Frozen Reserves as Leverage, Biden Administration Continues to Fuel Afghanistan’s Humanitarian Crisis
Washington, D.C., Aug. 15, 2022 — In response to reports that the U.S. will not consider releasing any of Afghanistan’s frozen foreign reserves in the near-term, Paul Carroll, Director of the Charity and Security Network,
Biden Should Urge Israel to Rescind its Wrongful Designation of the Palestinian Six
Washington, D.C., July 12, 2022 — Ahead of President Biden’s travel to Israel and the West Bank, Paul Carroll, Director of the Charity and Security Network, released the following statement: “President Biden should take the
C&SN Applauds New UN Position Paper: The Human Rights and Rule of Law Implications of Countering the Financing of Terrorism Measures
Professor Fionnuala Ní Aoláin, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms while countering terrorism, recently presented a new position paper, The Human Rights and Rule of
C&SN Speaks at High-Level International Conference on Human Rights, Civil Society and Counter-Terrorism
C&SN’s Associate Director for Policy and Advocacy Ashleigh Subramanian-Montgomery traveled to Málaga, Spain this week to participate in the United Nations High-Level International Conference on Human Rights, Civil Society and Counter-Terrorism. During Session IV of the
Unpacking Treasury’s 2022 National Terrorist Financing Risk Assessment
By Ashleigh Subramanian-Montgomery Background On March 1, 2022, the Treasury Department published the 2022 National Terrorist Financing Risk Assessment (NTFRA). This updates the 2018 NTFRA and 2015 NTFRA reports. The risk assessment identifies the groups