Basic Human Rights Reference Guides

During the Second Meeting of the Advisory Board of the UNCCT in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, on 3 June 2012, the former Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon underlined that Member States from around the world called for increased collaboration, particularly at the regional level, on the implementation of the Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy. At the same meeting, the Advisory Board also stressed the need for enhanced international cooperation, building in-depth knowledge of the Strategy amongst key stakeholders, sharing of counter-terrorism best practices and exchanging expertise.

The relevance of this approach has been reaffirmed by the Fourth Review of the Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy Outcome resolution (A/RES/68/276) that took note of the measures that Member States and relevant international, regional and subregional organizations have adopted within the framework of the Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy and found that all of these strengthen cooperation to fight terrorism, including through the exchange of best practices.

Given its convening power and availability of global experts in a range of relevant issues, the United Nations is in a unique position to support the identification and sharing of good practices.

Five Reference Guides

In this context, the UNCCT supported the development and dissemination of Basic Human Rights Reference Guides to provide Member States with practical tools on how to protect human rights in the context of counter-terrorism at the regional and national level. The development of the Guides draw on the expertise of the members of the CTITF Working Group on Protecting Human Rights while Countering Terrorism. As practical tools, these guides serve as reference documents to guide national action, clarify international human rights obligations provide checklists for national assessment processes and address capacity building needs of Member States.

UNCCT supported the drafting, updating, translation into five UN languages, and printing of five Guides:

  1. The Stopping and Searching of Persons in the Context of Countering Terrorism
  2. Security Infrastructure
  3. Detention in the Context of Countering Terrorism Conformity of National
  4. Counter-Terrorism Legislation with International Human Rights Law
  5. Right to a Fair Trial and Due Process in the Context of Countering Terrorism