Security Assistance

Short Text

Security assistance needs to be reconceptualised to focus on the security of humans rather than states – meaning that it must be used to facilitate democracy and human rigths, and not undermine them.  

PI believes that ensuring long-term security internationally and in authoritarian countries is best pursued by ensuring genuine democratic and accountable institutions and governments – something only possible through the fulfilment of privacy and other human rights. Journalists, activists, unions, lawyers, opposition groups and social movements rely on human rights protections such as privacy and freedom of expression to facilitate social and political progress. Failure by democratic States and institutions to protect these, or to be perceived as actively undermining them and supporting illegitimate or oppressive rulers, is a long-term security risk as well as a violation of fundamental rights.