2016 Report of the Special Rapporteur on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms while Countering Terrorism

Human Rights in the Context of Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism

Published: April 29, 2016

This report (A/HRC/31/65) from the Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms while countering terrorism, Ben Emmerson, focuses on the human rights impact of measures adopted to prevent or counter violent extremism.

Following a brief examination of key semantic and conceptual challenges, the Rapporteur examines the United Nations policy framework on preventing and countering violent extremism and its impact on human rights. He then focuses on the human rights impact of measures adopted at the national level to counter or prevent violent extremism, followed by an examination of the relationship between countering or preventing violent extremism and addressing the conditions conducive to terrorism or violent extremism, and gender.