Terrorism poses multi-dimensional challenges and requires multi-dimensional responses. Experience has shown that respecting and protecting human rights and fundamental rule of law principles are not an impediment to, but a vital condition for addressing security threats effectively.
The threats posed by so-called “foreign terrorist fighters” (FTFs) and the responses required to address those threats are no exception. Human rights and the rule of law provide a solid framework for effective action to address the potential threats and challenges posed by individuals who travel for terrorism-related purposes.
States have committed themselves to combatting the potential threats and challenges posed by FTFs within the framework of international law, in accordance with their obligations under international human rights law and international humanitarian law. The UNSC resolutions, the OSCE Ministerial Declaration on FTFs and other regional initiatives, all consistently reflect and confirm this commitment.
On the basis of its mandate, OSCE/ODIHR developed the guidelines, from a human rights perspective, to support and guide states on how they can respond to FTF-related threats and challenges.
Here is the document with guidelines for addressing the threat from foreign fighters: Guidelines for Addressing FTFs