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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

John McCain’s Profile in Courage

The late U.S. senator left a complicated legacy. But throughout his career, McCain never wavered in his opposition to torture, or his support for human rights abroad. History will remember and honor these heroic stances.

Building the Bench for Inclusive U.S. Foreign Policy: Civil Society Leading by Example

A new report, Advancing Diversity and Inclusion in the Foreign Policy Sector, demonstrates how NGOs can empower a diverse pool of national security and foreign policy experts to help solve the world’s greatest challenges.

Europe’s Human Rights Court Shines More Light on the CIA’s Black Site Torture Program

A ruling from the European Court of Human Rights requires Romania to finally acknowledge that it hosted a secret CIA prison on its territory between 2003 and 2005.

How Countering Violent Extremism Policy Undermines Human Rights and Instrumentalizes Civil Society

A new report investigates how policies considered to provide more intelligent ways of dealing with terrorism lead to new challenges for human rights and civil society.

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.