We envision a world in which everyone's human rights are fully respected, including when governments carry out national security activities. We believe all communities are stronger, and all people are safer, when governments uphold everyone's rights and freedoms.
We stand for rights and accountability, and against bias.
We work collaboratively to document human rights violations committed in the name of national security; create innovative, evidence-based new policy ideas and legal arguments; and use human rights law as a practical tool for change -- while supporting others who want to do the same. We work directly with communities to establish the facts and make human rights an effective practical tool for change.
Our principled, expert work ensures that the safeguards of international human rights law remain in place for everyone, and helps stop governments from sliding into secrecy, impunity and oppression. Our work ensures that movements for justice and equality can flourish without being wrongly silenced.
Our national and international influence help us have an impact on lawmakers, courts, the UN and the media, resulting in a better understanding of human rights and more rights-respecting laws.
We challenge religious, racial, gender and other bias in national security policing, promote justice and transparency, and amplify the voices of affected communities.
Build and support inclusive movements for stronger human rights protections where national security laws and activities are concerned
Strengthen governments' respect for the international human rights laws and norms that apply to their security programmes
Uphold safeguards that protect against human rights violations committed in the name of national security, such as independent investigations and oversight bodies
Ensure that wrongdoing results in accountability and justice
Explore how Rights and Security International has been successfully advocating for a rights-based approach to national security, and holding Governments to account for unlawful actions taken in the name of national security for over three decades.learn more