How secret services and
terrorist organisations are changing. Human Rights
project - Irina Borogan
Everyday special services need to invent something new
for effective fight against terrorism.
It’s important that special services
have to stay in low limits in this fight.
Today countries across the world
increasingly turn their attention and resources to counter terrorism,
and it is essential to reaffirm states’ obligation
to protect human rights in
The report of the UN High Level Panel on Threats
noted that the global counter terrorism effort “has in some instances corroded
values that terrorists target: human rights and the rule of law” and
has called attention to the vital need for a legal framework that is
of civil liberties and human rights in this international effort.
Governments have the right and obligation to protect their
terrorism and to conduct investigations into terrorist acts in order to
identify those responsible and bring them to justice.
In that effort,
governments must defend the very principles that terrorism and violence
assault. In prosecuting the alleged perpetrators,
governments must themselves
uphold the rule of law, including their international human rights commitments,
many of which remain absolute
even in times of the greatest national emergency.
Human Rights Watch’s letter to UN
Counter-Terrorism Committee focused on
both countries that have endured horrific acts of terrorism in recent years.
And in both countries, the government’s egregious human rights violations have
undermined effective counterterrorism strategies.
- The Russian government treats the ongoing conflict
as a counterterrorism campaign. While it faces a genuine danger of terrorism,
the government has itself committed atrocities such as murders of civilians,
forced disappearances, the use of indiscriminate force, incommunicado
detention, and torture and ill-treatment of prisoners—all in the name of the
war on terror. Moscow
has resisted the call to bring perpetrators of human rights abuse to justice,
thus further alienating and marginalizing the Chechen population.
Mission of Agentura.Ru Studies and Research Centre is
monitoring of changes in counter terrorism policy.