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National Security and Counter­terrorism

The Open Society Justice Initiative conducts strategic litigation, research, and advocacy to ensure that government counterterrorism and national security policies conform to human rights standards and the rule of law. 

Too often, governments use the need to fight terrorism to curtail human rights and to justify criminal actions—including torture, kidnapping, disappearances, and extrajudicial killings. 

We seek to protect the rule of law by exposing those responsible for illegal abuses, and holding them to account before national and international courts. We seek more accountability for the use of armed drones to target terrorist suspects. We also challenge counter-radicalization strategies that erode basic freedoms—such as new restrictions on freedom of expression and other rights, illegal surveillance, and monitoring that stigmatizes entire communities because of their ethnic or religious identity. 

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