defending rights and civil liberties

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.



  • Lagunas en la protección de los derechos civiles y políticos en España
  • Balance de 2015: Los derechos humanos en España
  • Análisis de la sentencia del TEDH en el Asunto Del Río Prada c. España.
  • Análisis del Anteproyecto de reforma del Código Penal (III.2). Libertad vigilada, a la carta.
  • Recomendaciones dirigidas al Congreso a propósito del Proyecto de Ley de reforma del Código Penal
  • Carta al Presidente del CGPJ en relación con tres informes emitidos por mecanismos internacionales de protección de los DDHH relativos a España
  • Balance de 2013: Los derechos humanos en España
  • Análisis del proyecto de ley de reforma del Código Penal (IV). Una oportunidad perdida de fortalecer el estado de derecho en materia de terrorismo
  • Joint Submission to the Universal Periodic Review of Spain (sp)
  • Report to the Human Rights Committee (CCPR) for List of Issues - Spain’s 6th periodic report