European Union: briefing paper on proposed counter-terrorism Directive

Europe and Central Asia
Issue: Global Security
Document Type: Analysis Brief
Date: 2016

The ICJ, with other NGOs, today published comments on the proposed EU counter-terrorism Directive, which addresses the “foreign fighters” phenomenon.

The briefing paper analyses the compliance of the proposed Directive with international law, including international human rights law.

In particular, it raises concerns regarding the wide definition of terrorism, and the inclusion of broadly-defined offences of participation in the activities of a terrorist group, public provocation to commit a terrorist offence, receiving training for terrorism, and travelling abroad for terrorism.

The paper makes recommendations for amendment to the text to guard against arbitrary or discriminatory interference with human rights in the implementation of such offences, and to ensure compliance with the principle of legality.

EU-Directive terrorism-Advocacy-Analysis Brief-2016-ENG (full text, in PADF)

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