Counter-terrorism – UK Government assessment

Progress assessment

No progress

There have been no legal or policy changes to improve human rights protections in relation to this issue, and very limited evidence of progress in the enjoyment of these rights

The UK Government has introduced legislation aimed at tackling terrorism, following a number of terrorist incidents. While the UK Government has a duty to protect the right to life, the impact of this new legislation on civil liberties has been criticised. Several longstanding human rights concerns, including the length of pre-charge detention, have not been addressed and concerns about disproportionality remain. However, there is evidence that the use of certain police powers has decreased, and that Prevent referrals have become more balanced.

Read more about the UK Government’s actions on counter-terrorism.

The assessment was made based on the evidence available up to 12/07/2021