Counter-terrorism: EU and Member States must respect human rights

ENAR and other human rights organisations have issued a joint statement calling on the EU and its Member States to respect human rights and the rule of law in counter-terrorism measures.

1 March 2016

The 2015 terrorist attacks in Paris and elsewhere - and the assertion by States that there is an elevated terrorist threat in the European Union - have led to a new set of counter-terrorism measures at both EU and national levels. These counter-terrorism measures must always comply with the rule of law and human rights obligations under European Union and international law.

While there is a need to ensure the population is safe, security measures should not lead to violations or restrictions on human rights.

JOINT CIVIL SOCIETY STATEMENT: Counter-terrorism: The EU and its Member States must respect and protect human rights and the rule of law

Signed by:
European Network Against Racism (ENAR)
Amnesty International
International Federation of Human Rights (FIDH)
International Commission of Jurists (ICJ)
Open Society European Policy Institute
World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT)
Fair Trials
European Digital Rights (EDRi)
Forum of European Muslim Youth and Student Organisations (FEMYSO)
International Federation of Action by Christians for the Abolition of Torture (FIACAT)
International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims (IRCT)
Association for the Prevention of Torture (APT)
European Association for the Defense of Human Rights (AEDH)
European Muslim Initiative for Social Cohesion (EMISCO)

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