“Fear of terrorist attack may rob individuals of their reason, but it should not be allowed to rob a government of its principles, or a nation of its freedoms”.
The six years since 9/11 have given rise to the concept of the ‘new normal’ – where the threat of terrorism means the public must accept exceptional measures in the name of ‘rebalancing’ liberty and security.
The Future of Counter-terrorism and Human Rights presents an alternative to the ‘new normal’, in which respect for human rights is not compromised in the fight against terror. It criticises recent legislative responses to terrorism, and sets out a set of clear principles upon which future counter-terrorism policy should be based.
The JUSTICE Futures series
The Future of Counter-terrorism and Human Rights is the first in JUSTICE’s 50th anniversary ‘Futures’ series in which staff members and others raise interesting and provocative ideas about the future direction of policy in essay form. It does not necessarily represent JUSTICE policy, but it does draw on JUSTICE’s considerable experience as a leading human rights and law reform organisation
1 September 2007