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Security and Counter-Terrorism

Counter terrorism and security measures increasingly involve the use of digital technologies, such as mass surveillance, various forms of profiling and the use of drones, which may place particular groups, including minorities, migrants and human rights defenders at particular risk. What are the international human rights standards that apply to the use of digital technology by law enforcement? What are the human rights standards applicable for legislation and use of counter-terrorism measures involving digital technologies?

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Business - Private Sector

Working Group

Military and security products and services in cyberspace and their human rights impacts

Report of the Working group on the human rights impacts of mercenaries, mercenary-related actors and private military and security companies engaging in cyberactivities

2021

Security - Counter-Terrorism

Special Rapporteurs

Cybertorture

Report presented to the 43rd session of the Human Rights Council on psychological torture, encouraging the interpretation of the prohibition of torture in line with contemporary possibilities and challenges arising from emerging technologies and exploring, in a preliminary manner, the possibility and basic contours of what could be described as "cybertorture"

2020

Security - Counter-Terrorism

Special Rapporteurs

Issue of targeted killings through armed drones

Report presented to the 44th session of the Human Rights Council addressing the issue of targeted killings through armed drones, particularly in light of the proliferation in the use of drones and their expanding capability over the last five years and makes recommendations designed to regulate their use and enhance accountability

2020

Civic Space and Content Governance; Security - counter-terrorism

Human Rights Council

Civil society space: engagement with international and regional organizations

Report of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights presented to the 44th session of the Human Rights Council

2020

Civic space and content governance ; Security - Counter-Terrorism

Special Rapporteurs

Issue of targeted killings through armed drones

Report presented to the 44th session of the HRC in 2020 addressing the issue of targeted killings through armed drones, particularly in light of the proliferation in the use of drones and their expanding capability over the last five years and makes recommendations designed to regulate their use and enhance accountability

2020

Security - Counter-Terrorism; Civic space and content governance

Special Rapporteurs

Terrorism and violent extremism on civic space

Report presented to the 40th session of the HRC on the impact of measures to address terrorism and violent extremism on civic space and the rights of civil society actors and human rights defenders, examining, among other things, the use of the internet for terrorist purposes

2019

Security - Counter-Terrorism

Working Group

Cyberoperations

Report of the Working Group looking at the evolving forms, trends and manifestations of mercenaries and mercenary-related activities

2020

Civic space and content governance; Security – Counter-Terrorism

Special Rapporteurs

Link between ICT and the sexual exploitation of children

Report presented to the 43rd session of the Human Rights Council providing an overview of the Special Rapporteur's activities since her previous report, focusing on the link between ICT and the sexual exploitation of children

2020

Civic space and content governance ; Security - Counter-Terrorism

Special Rapporteurs

Terrorism and violent extremism on civic space

Report presented to the 40th session of the HRC in 2019 on the impact of measures to address terrorism and violent extremism on civic space and the rights of civil society actors and human rights defenders, examining, among other things, the use of the internet for terrorist purposes

2019