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Counter Terror With Justice
Terrorism, security and human rights
Since the attacks in the USA on 11 September 2001, governments have resorted to practices which have long been prohibited by international law.
Practices including torture, abductions (known as extraordinary rendition), illegal detention (in facilities such as Guantanamo and Bagram), and the denial of legal rights (including fair trials), have been justified by states in the name of "national security".
While Amnesty acknowledges the right of governments to protect their citizens when they face complex challenges and threats, these measures should never result in the compromise of human rights.
Our Counter Terror With Justice campaign works to stop the abuses made in the name of the "war on terror", and ensure that these abuses are investigated and prosecuted.
Mixed Messages: Obama's first 100 Days
Since taking office in January 2009, President Obama has made encouraging steps toward improving human rights in the 'war on terror', including ordering the suspension of military trials and the closure of Guantanamo Bay.
These are positive moves are a testament to everyone who has been tirelessly campaigning on the issues for so long. But more needs to be done.
Our report Mixed messages: Counter Terror and Human Rights - President Obama's first 100 days assesses the words and actions of the US administration, led by US President Barack Obama, in its first 100 days against specific recommendations we made to the incoming President on countering terrorism and human rights.