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UN: New reports address human rights issues in counter-terrorism

Martin Scheinin, the UN expert on counter-terrorism and human rights, presented a new report before the Human Rights Council on racial profiling and suicide attacks. In another report to the Human Rights Council, the Working Group on arbitrary detention raised concerns about international transfers of detainees in the context of countering terrorism, including the practices […]

UN: Experts discuss racial profiling at gathering on people of African descent

From 29 January to 2 February, the UN Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent, meeting in Geneva, examined the implications of racial profiling in areas such as counter-terrorism, the administration of justice and police work.  

UN: Expert on counter-terrorism and human rights invited to Israel and the US

On 6 December, Martin Scheinin, UN Human Rights Council expert on counter-terrorism and human rights, publicly welcomed the positive response from the Israeli Government to his request to conduct a mission to Israel. On 16 January, the expert also announced that the US had accepted his request to visit the country in 2007. He is […]

Australia: Parliamentary Committee recommends appointment of an independent reviewer of anti-terror laws

In a report released on 4 December, the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security recommended the appointment of an independent reviewer to oversee Australia’s counter-terrorism legislation. The report also proposed that Australian police forces review their media policies to ensure that official statements do not prejudice a terrorist suspect’s right to a fair trial. […]

UN: Experts raise concerns at the General Assembly about counter-terrorism measures

In their reports submitted to the General Assembly in October, several human rights experts of the Human Rights Council raised concerns about the impact of counter-terrorism measures on human rights. Martin Scheinin, Special Rapporteur on counter-terrorism and human rights, expressed particular concern at the adverse impact of counter-terrorism on freedoms of assembly and association.

Turkey: UN experts on arbitrary detention visit Turkey

At the conclusion of its visit to Turkey from 9-20 October, the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention welcomed the strengthened safeguards against arbitrary detention in the criminal justice system. The experts nevertheless expressed concerns at the lower procedural standards applicable to terrorism cases, including the power of the police to detain suspects in custody […]