The ICJ released a statement commenting on the report of the UN Special Rapporteur on counter-terrorism and human rights, Ben Emmerson, to the 20th session of the UN Human Rights Council
On 18 June, during the 20th session of the UN Human Rights Council, the ICJ released a statement commenting on the report of the UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of human rights while countering terrorism, Ben Emmerson. The report is largely focused on the human rights protections for victims of terrorist acts. The ICJ endorses the view of the Special Rapporteur that protecting persons from terrorism is a core human rights concern, as well as the necessary elements he sets out for investigating, prosecuting and remedying terrorist crimes. However, the ICJ expresses concern that the report inappropriately conflates the distinct legal regimes governing responsibility of terrorist criminals and the obligation of states to protect persons from such acts.
ICJ-HRC20-statement_victims_terrorism-2012 (download the statement)AdvocacyAnalysis briefs