Human Rights and National Security

Amnesty International insists that states must respect human rights in any actions they take in the name of national security.

Unfortunately, U.S. political figures are promoting an anti-human rights agenda when it comes to counter-terrorism, including:

  • Waging a "Forever War" on armed groups that is based on secrecy and impunity for U.S. abuse, allowing for the potential use of U.S. lethal force anywhere, any time
  • Keeping Guantanamo open forever
  • Putting everyone in the world under the constant threat of U.S. surveillance
  • Using surveillance and other measures to monitor human rights defenders and minority communities - thereby undermining freedom of expression

Where states fail to respect human rights, governments and individuals responsible must be held to account. We will also work for the rights of victims of violence by armed groups, supporting them in their struggle for truth, justice and reparation.

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