defending rights and civil liberties

Security and Civil Rights

The State has the responsibility to protect public order, safety and national security, as well as that of citizens and those who find themselves within its territory. This duty to protect would imply that, on occasions, the exercise of some rights and civil liberties may be limited or subject to conditions.

The relationship between security concerns and the protection of rights and freedoms of all people requires that any restrictions of rights must always be properly justified and proportionate in order to avoid abuse by authorities.

Security and order interests cannot be used to excuse actions that violate rights and civil liberties and, as such, could be considered illegitimate in a democratic society.