Since our inception we have focused on the protection of liberty and security of the person. Through our Security and the Rule of Law work we deal with some of the most egregious human rights violations, such as torture, violations of the right to life, ‘extraordinary rendition’, arbitrary detention and transfer, slavery and trafficking.
Our litigation seeks to ensure that human rights and the rule of law are protected at all times, for all persons and in all places. Responding to attempts to jettison or unduly restrict human rights – in the name of national security, armed conflict, or on the basis of the allegedly ‘dangerous’ nature of the individuals concerned – is a major focus of our work.
We will pursue the right to truth, justice and reparation for victims, including victims of the ‘extraordinary rendition’ programme. We will continue to expose and challenge slavery and human trafficking. We will respond to the growing resort to targeted killings and the disproportionate use of force, to ensure that states are held to their responsibilities to effectively protect the right to life at all times, including in security operations. We will seek to challenge the widespread problem of arbitrary detention across regions.