Security Council resolution1373 (2001), which established the CTC, makes one reference to human rights, calling upon States to
"take appropriate measures in conformity with the relevant provisions of national andinternational law, including international standards of human rights, before granting refugee status, for the purpose of ensuring that the asylum seeker has not planned, facilitated or participated in thecommission of terrorist acts."
The resolution’s preamble also reaffirms the need to combat by all means, "in accordance with the Charter of the United Nations," threats to international peace andsecurity caused by terrorist acts.
The Committee’s initial policy on human rights was expressed by its first Chairman in a briefing to the Security Council on 18 January 2002: "The Counter-TerrorismCommittee is mandated to monitor the implementation of resolution 1373 (2001). Monitoring performance against other international conventions, including human rights law, is outside the scope of theCounter-Terrorism Committee’s mandate. But we will remain aware of the interaction with human rights concerns, and we will keep ourselves briefed as appropriate. It is, of course, open to otherorganizations to study States’ reports and take up their content in other forums."
A pro-active approach
With the establishment of the Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED) by Security...