9/11: In Memoriam

September 9, 2011

9/11: In Memoriam

Today we remember those who lost their lives in the attacks of September 11, 2001 in the USA, the families who are still coming to terms with the irreparable loss of their loved ones, and the first responders and survivors who are still struggling with the debilitating after-effects of the attack.

The deliberate targeting of civilians for attack can never be justified and is always an abuse of human rights. As well as causing terrible suffering to the victims and their families, such attacks create a climate of fear in which entire communities live in terror.

A decade after these crimes against humanity, the victims' human right to justice, truth and reparation remains unfulfilled. Those responsible for the attacks have not been brought to justice in criminal trials as they should have been.

Sadly, attacks by armed groups against civilians launched with total disregard for their human rights are too frequently followed by human rights violations at the hands of states. This pattern has repeated itself many times throughout history in many places around the world. It continues today and Amnesty International calls on all armed groups and all states to end this vicious cycle and to respect the security and dignity of all people.