Documenting the discriminatory impact of counter-terrorism and counter-radicalisation in the European Union

ENAR’s new toolkit provides tools and methodologies for civil society organisations and activists to document the discriminatory impact of counter-terrorism and counter-radicalisation measures on communities at risk of racism, whether directly or indirectly.

22 October 2018

The short-sighted approach underlying the adoption of some counter-terrorism and counter-radicalisation measures leads to structural and disproportionate targeting of ethnic and religious minorities. These measures are not based on evidence or impact assessment and this leaves the door open to violations of human rights.

Documenting the impact of discrimination is paramount to achieving justice. Discrimination, whether at individual or structural levels, is hard to document and prove, and criminal justice and security fields are no exceptions. However, given the securitisation shift of social and equality policies as well as the potential impact of new measures on human rights and democracy, we cannot afford to leave this field unchecked.

The toolkit includes tools to monitor discrimination as a consequence of counter-terrorism and counter-VERLT measures in criminal law, soft laws and policies, administrative measures and through the actions of other institutions and structures, that are relevant in the European Union context.

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