Terrorism and human rights (2008)
Have human rights organisations responded adequately to the threat of international terrorism and official responses to that threat? This report reaffirms that the core mission of human rights advocates is to make sure that governments respect human rights and the rule of law. But fresh thinking is also needed. Human rights organisations should participate in efforts to agree a sound definition of terrorism in international law. A victim-centred approach might enable them to apply human rights to a wider range of issues, making their advocacy more relevant to those who suffer because of terrorist violence. The report discusses how advocates might develop principled but also more understandable positions when they talk about terrorism to officials and the public or those who sympathise with it.
Biographical affiliation was accurate when research took place.
Monette Zard, Research Director, ICHRP, 2003-2006. From 2007 Richard Carver, Consultant Project Manager, ICHRP. Please contact Fairouz El Tom, Outreach and Publications Coordinator, ICHRP, for more information on this project.
Patricia Gossman, was the Rapporteur for this project until early 2006. She is a freelance consultant with extensive experience working in South Asia. She was previously Project Director at the Afghanistan Justice Project, and Senior Researcher in the Asia division of Human Rights Watch.
Lydia Alpízar Durán, Executive Director, Association for Women’s Rights in Development (AWID).
Charlotte Bunch, Professor, Centre for Women’s Global Leadership, Rutgers State University.
Stefanie Grant, lawyer.
Imrana Jalal, lawyer; Human Rights Adviser, Regional Rights Resources Team, Fiji.
Hina Jilani, lawyer; UN Special Representative on Human Rights Defenders, Pakistan.
Dimitrina Petrova, Executive Director, Equal Rights Trust, London.
Marco Sassoli, Professor of Law, University of Geneva.
Chaiwat Satha-Anand, Professor of Political Science, Thammasat University, Bangkok.
Wilder Tayler, Deputy Director, International Commission of Jurists, Geneva.
Chaloka Beyani, Senior Lecturer in Law, London School of Economics.
Lyse Doucet, Senior Journalist, BBC.
Neil Hicks, Director, International Programs, Human Rights First.
Sidney Jones, Director, International Crisis Group, Indonesia.
Martin Scheinin, Professor, Åbo Akademi University; Director, Human Rights Centre, Åbo Akademi University.
Wilder Tayler, Deputy Director, International Commission of Jurists, Geneva.
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“A thoughtful and considered piece of work.” Eric Metcalfe, Human Rights Policy Director, JUSTICE
“The work is clearly a valuable contribution to the intellectual/conceptual side of the discourse
on human rights which has faced new challenges especially since 2001.” Devendra Raj Panday, Member of the International Board of Directors, Transparency International