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National Security & Counterterrorism

The Open Society Foundations seek to investigate and combat human rights violations linked to national security and counterterrorism operations around the world. In the United States, we support work to promote national security policies that respect human rights, civil liberties, and the rule of law.

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Recent Work

The Unresolved Legacy of CIA Torture

In the years since the so-called torture report’s release, U.S. views on the practice have turned increasingly partisan. To revive the bipartisan consensus against torture, advocates must remain active, focused, and vigilant.

Briefing Paper
Joint Submission on International Standards for Regulating the Use of Force

A submission to the Human Rights Committee from the Open Society Justice Initiative and four other rights groups on the interpretation of human rights law on the use of force.

Dutch Antiterrorism Detention Units Fall Short on Human Rights

Both suspects and convicted prisoners alike face long hours of solitary detention, strip searches, and restrictions on family visits, with no prospect of review.

Inhuman and Unnecessary: Human Rights Violations in Dutch High-Security Prisons in the Context of Counterterrorism

Prisoners in the Netherlands suspected or convicted of terrorism offenses face aggressive and intrusive security measures, regardless of the threat they might pose.

The Truth About Terror and Youth Radicalization

As concerns grow about the influence of social media and the internet in radicalizing young people, it’s vital to separate the myths from the facts.

The Reform U.S. Drone Policy Really Needs

As the new administration continues to adjust U.S. national security policy to its strategy, it is essential that regulations placed on drone strikes in order to protect civilians are strengthened—not weakened—for the future.