October 04, 2017

Persecuting Human Rights Defenders in the Name of Counter-terrorism

In the last ten years, governments around the world have increasingly enacted laws aimed at criminalizing support of terrorist organizations. While these laws play an important role in combatting the financing and other material support of terrorist organizations, some states have adopted vague and sweeping laws that are susceptible to arbitrary or discriminatory application. Such laws have subsequently been used in frivolous prosecutions aimed at silencing journalists, lawyers, and other human rights defenders. Read full report.