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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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Civic Space and Content Governance; Privacy, Data and Surveillance; Discrimination and Equality; SDGs and Digital Divide; Business and Private Sector; Security - Counter-Terrorism

Human Rights Council

Internet shutdowns: trends, causes, legal implications and impacts on a range of human rights

Report presented at the 50th session of HRC that provides an overview of trends in Internet shutdowns. It contains an analysis of their causes and the legal implications and the impact on human rights thereof, the roles of companies, the existing efforts to promote Internet connectivity and provide development aid, and the relevance of such efforts for detecting, preventing and responding to shutdowns, as well as a set of recommended measures for ending shutdowns and minimizing their impact.

2022

Privacy, Data, and Surveillance; Security - Counter-Terrorism

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

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 HRC in 2020 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; Privacy, Data and Surveillance, Security -Counter-Terrorism; Business and Private Sector

Human Rights Council

Protection of human rights in the context of peaceful protests during crisis situations

Report of the Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association, Clément Nyaletsossi Voule

2022

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

2020

Security - Counter-Terrorism

Special Rapporteurs

Cybertorture

Report presented to the 43rd session of the HRC in 2020 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

Civic Space and Content Governance; Privacy, Data and Surveillance; Security - Counter-Terrorism; Business and Private Sector

Special Rapporteurs

Reinforcing media freedom and the safety of journalists in the digital age

Report of the Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression, Irene Khan

2022

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

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