In many countries of the Commonwealth, counter-terrorism measures
are reshaping civilian policing in violation of fundamental human
rights and posing a serious challenge to meaningful democratic
police reform. This is happening in a number of ways - significantly
through the enactment of laws that include vague definitions of
terrorism which allow for the laws to be broadly applied and extend
police powers to arbitrarily stop and search, use unreasonable
and excessive force, arrest without warrant, preventively detain,
detain suspects for long-periods without charge and limit fundamental
due process rights. Counter-terrorism policing in many countries
is undermining already struggling police oversight and accountability
instruments designed to safeguard against police abuse. This is
happening with anti-terrorism responses that: give police increased
immunity from prosecution, see police forces joining with unregulated
security bodies (such as military and intelligence forces), the
integration of national and foreign security actors, and the scope
for unreported secret police operations under new laws.
Out Rights: The impact of anti-terrorism laws on policing
2007 Report Stamping
out Rights: The impact of anti-terrorism laws on policing,
looks at the impact of anti-terrorism legislation on policing
in the Commonwealth. The report examines:
new counter-terrorism legislation and measures that have been
adopted in the Commonwealth;
how these measures are impacting policing on the ground;
the compatibility of legislation and policing practices at international
how anti-terrorism policing measures are impacting on police
oversight and accountability mechanisms; and
offers recommendations to Commonwealth heads of government,
member states, heads of police, civil society and donors.
to download an electronic copy of Stamping Out Rights.
to request a hardcopy.
to download an electronic copy of the executive summary of Stamping
Out Rights. Click here
to request a hardcopy of the executive summary.
Anti-Terrorism and Policing Country Reports
country reports focusing on anti-terrorism legislation and policing
in specific jurisdictions can be accessed by clicking below.
country reports are current as of 1 March 2007.
For further specific country information, go to the Commonwealth
police news updates (with links to current policing news throughout
the Commonwealth) or specific country
more information, please contact Louise Edwards (Police Reform
Programme (International) at firstname.lastname@example.org
or Iniyan Ilango (Human Rights Advocacy) at email@example.com.
material on counter-terrorism, policing and human rights
and Recommendations of CHRI's Report on the impact of Counter-Terrorism
on Policing by Arnaud Chaltin, Consultant, CHRI.
democracy and human rights while legislating counter-terrorism
by Arnaud Chaltin, Consultant, CHRI.
terrorism or Justification of Torture by Arnaud Chaltin,
paper on counter-terrorism and police accountability, 11-13
June 2007, Nairobi.
submission to the International Commission of Jurists, February
Reflection on Real Security for Uganda
need to reconcile security and human rights.
the legislation and human rights: a comparative analysis of
the Commonwealth Model Law.
to the Review Committee on Prevention of Terrorism Act 2000
legislation in the Commonwealth 2004 (update)
rights and anti-terror legislation in the Commonwealth 2003
rights and anti-terrorism legislation in the Commonwealth conference
of CHRI to the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group (CMAG)
talk? The right to freedom of expression in the ‘war on
terror’ - Media release from the Commonwealth Human
Rights Initiative, World Press Freedom Day, Thursday 3 May 2007.
at what price?Counter Terrorism Committee to present assessments
of counter terrorism measures taken by member states to UN Security
Council - Media release from CHRI, May 2007.
PoliceWatch EMAG, Vol. 9 November 2007.
the name of fighting terror, News 24, November 20, 2007.
rights - Commonwealth delegates condemn human rights abuses
in Gambia, APA News, November 19, 2007.
on terrorism leads to rights abuses - watchdog, Africa
Reuters, November 19, 2007.
on terrorism leads to rights abuses: watchdog, Washington
Post, November 19, 2007.
on terrorism leads to rights abuses, China Daily News,
November 19, 2007.
on terrorism leads to rights abuses: watchdog, The News
(Pakistan), November 19, 2007.
on terrorism leads to rights abuses: watchdog, ABC News,
November 19, 2007.
Using terrorism to justify dictatorship - Musharraf's illegitimate
emergency, Caribbean Net News, November 13, 2007.
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