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.

Featured Resources

Abstract: Safeguarding Medical Care and Humanitarian Action in the UN Counterterrorism Framework
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UN Report: CVE Programming Laden with Human Rights Concerns

C&SN Testifies Before IACHR

December 11th, 2017|

Just three days before International Human Rights Day, Charity & Security Network joined CIVICUS Alliance, the International Center for Not-For-Profit Law ICNL) and a defendant in the J20 criminal trial stemming from the Inauguration

Freedom of Assembly? Think Again

February 1st, 2017|

One of the greatest freedoms enshrined in our Constitution is the freedom of people to peacefully assemble, to march, to air their grievances in public. With the seemingly endless protests in Washington, D.C., and around