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Cross-border criminal justice and security

Human rights concerns in the OSCE region

December 5, 2018 - CSP, osce
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The increasingly global nature of terrorism and violent extremism, resulting from the increased prevalence and sophistication of transnational networks and the ease of international travel, has rendered purely national responses to security threats anachronistic. The need for states to cooperate in the fight against terrorism and violent extremism is now arguably greater than ever before. States across the OSCE region have responded to this challenge by working more closely through both bilateral and multilateral means.

This paper focuses on formal types of collaboration, which are supported by laws and international agreements, but it is acknowledged that this represents only a partial picture. A significant amount of cross-border cooperation takes place through informal, bilateral mechanisms, which are hard for civil society organisations to detect.

This report was produed by the Working Group on Counter-Terrorism, Anti-Extremism and Human RIghts. The Counter Terrorism Working Group is part of the Civic Solidarity Platform (‘CSP’), which brings together civil society organisations from across the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (‘OSCE’) region.

The Counter Terrorism Working Group is co-ordinated by Fair Trials and the SOVA Center for Information and Analysis. It was officially launched in January 2018 following a roundtable organised by Fair Trials in November 2017 in Vienna (supported by the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs). This event informed the Vienna Declaration on Preventing Security Measures from Eclipsing Human Rights, adopted at the OSCE Parallel Civil Society Conference in December 2017

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