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United Nations: High Commissioner says “war on terror” an excuse to violate human rights

At a press conference upon her return from visits to Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan and Tajikistan, High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour said that Central Asian states continue to use the “war on terrorism” as an excuse to violate human rights. According to the High Commissioner, these countries explicitly justify a strong Executive and robust […]

USA: Court upholds habeas corpus stripping provisions of Military Commissions Act

On 20 February, the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit upheld the provisions in the Military Commissions Act (MCA), which strip foreign nationals designated as “enemy combatants” of the statutory right to file habeas corpus petitions to challenge the legality of their detention. The Court held that individuals detained outside the US […]