Terror and Torture
Security with Human Rights Campaign
Amnesty International USA's new Security with Human Rights Campaign works to ensure security for all of us by breaking the cycle of terror and torture between armed groups and states.
- Uphold the rights of victims of armed groups. The deliberate targeting of civilians for attack can never be justified. We support victims of armed groups by working for their rights to truth, justice and reparation.
- Ensure accountability for torture. States and individuals responsible for torture and other human rights violations must be held accountable to the law, so that victims and the public have justice.
- End unlawful and abusive detention. All people are equal before the law. Every person has the right to either be charged and fairly tried, or be released -- and not tortured or abused.
Terror. Torture. These words righly make us shudder. Around the world, from Iraq to Sri Lanka to the USA, the cycle of violence between states and armed groups is a global human rights crisis. Countless people have been killed, tortured or held outside the law.
When states respond to the threat of terrorism by abusing human rights, they are not solving the problem but fuelling it. We are all affected. Our rights and safety are imperiled when the rights of anyone are violated.
There is a solution: security with human rights. Under international law, acts of terror and torture by states and armed groups must end, those responsible must be held accountable, and the rights of victims must be upheld. Human rights mean security and justice for all of us.
People around the world are coming together to say enough is enough and demand that armed groups and states respect human rights.