Our Vision

Just and Accountable Security

Mission

We work to promote just and accountable security. We do this by ensuring that the measures taken by the UK Government in pursuit of national security are compliant with human rights and international law. We have over twenty-five years of experience of working in the field of national security: initially in Northern Ireland and, since 9/11, in Great Britain and abroad

Rights Watch (UK)’s Areas of Work

Securitisation of Suspect Communities

Global Warfare

Post Conflict Justice

Rights Watch (UK)’s Overarching Operational Goals

Ensure that the national security laws and policies that are directed towards/impact communities and persons in the United Kingdom are compliant with the UK’s human rights obligations
Ensure that the national security measures and activities that the UK Government conducts, facilitates and cooperates with abroad are compliant with the UK’s human rights obligations
Ensure that the UK Government is held accountable to victims for any human rights abuses it carries out in the course of its involvement in counter-terrorism operations and/or conflict

Rights Watch (UK) Achieves these Goals by

  • Working to ensure that the means and methods used to counter terrorism comply with international and human rights law
  • Promoting independent and effective oversight, regulation and transparency of government activity in counter terrorism efforts
  • Promoting accountability and redress for any individuals who suffer human rights abuses as a result of the Government’s conduct in the course of conflict or counter terrorism operations

Rights Watch (UK) Carries Out its Work by

  • Carrying out research to identify, document and evaluate the human rights compliance of the UK Government’s actions in the field of national security
  • Advocating for human rights compliant laws and policies in the field of national security
  • Bringing litigation in domestic and international courts as a way of challenging unlawful practices in the field of national security, and intervening in other cases where we can offer our research and analysis to assist the Court to uphold human rights standards in the field of national security
  • Bringing people together to discuss critical issues about national security and human rights