Europe: A Human Rights Guide for researching racial and religious discrimination in counter-terrorism

Index Number: EUR 01/3606/2021

Discrimination against certain groups perceived as ‘threats’ to national security is a longstanding human rights concern. Governments across the globe have historically exploited crises, including in the aftermath of violent attacks, to target racial, ethnic, and religious minorities, under draconian counter-terrorism laws and policies that provide sweeping powers to law enforcement, intelligence actors, and states’ intelligence and security apparatus. As a result, discrimination against individuals and entire groups in the counter-terrorism context remains an entrenched problem adversely affecting people’s lives in dramatic ways, despite the high status of the prohibition on racial discrimination among the norms of international law.

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