Columbia International Affairs Online: Policy Briefs

CIAO DATE: 06/2009

Overdue Process: Protecting Human Rights while Sanctioning Alleged Terrorists

George A. Lopez, David Cortright, Alistair Millar, Linda Gerber-Stellingwerf

April 2009

The Joan B. Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, University of Notre Dame


Practices used by the United Nations Security Council in the name of countering terrorism have led to serious concerns about violations of human rights and limitations on the work of civil society groups. The use of blacklisting has eroded due process rights and discredited elements of the international fight against terrorism. Enhanced efforts to create clear and fair listing procedures are urgently needed and long overdue.