June 30, 2021

Today, in response to the adoption of the 7th review of United Nations Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy (GCTS) by the UN General Assembly, 20 organizations including the Charity & Security Network signed onto a statement encouraging the UN to ensure that the review “leads to robust, independent and impartial oversight of the impact of UN counter-terrorism activity on human rights, including with respect to gender equality and children’s rights; as well as on the rule of law; humanitarian action; and civic space.”

The statement notes that while the new GCTS includes improvements on human rights protections, some member states rejected provisions supporting human rights, gender equality, and civic space. As the GCTS rests the task of assessing UN counterterrorism policy in the hands of the Secretary General, the statement calls on the Secretary General “to explore creative solutions to ensure the establishment of an independent and impartial mechanism, with broad oversight powers, over UN counter-terrorism policies and programs.”

Read the full text of the statement here.