It is the duty of states to protect any person under their jurisdiction. This obligation legitimises states to take the necessary measures to fight against and prevent acts of violence, such as terrorism. Yet, the protection of national security cannot be guaranteed at the cost of abolishing or undermining human rights and civil liberties.
Human rights do not constitute an obstacle for security and peace; rather they are essential to achieve them. Respect for human rights and the rule of law are vital for the success of security policies, including the prevention of terrorism and the fight against it. Security imposed at any legal cost is not security at all. On the contrary, it has counter-productive consequences that perpetuate the cycle of violence and insecurity. When rights and freedoms are violated in the same of security, it is also a right of any person to have effective legal remedies at their disposal to put an end to the violation and obtain reparation.