Terrorist acts constitute serious crimes under international law, and have a severe impact on the enjoyment of the right to life, liberty, and the physical integrity of individuals. It also fosters conflicts, weakens social institutions, and threatens economic growth. It has to be prevented and addressed by every legitimate tool available to states and the international community. Yet counter-terrorism measures have often undermined the rule of law and ignored basic human rights. There is, however, a growing consensus at the international, regional, and national...
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