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Canada: UN experts say security detainees’ rights are undermined

Following its visit to Canada in June, the UN Working Group on arbitrary detention expressed concern at the detention of foreigners certified under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act as posing a threat to national security. The UN experts considered that this procedure undermines detainees’ rights, in particular the rights to a fair hearing, to […]

Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion denounces link between terrorism and religion

In her report to the UN Commission on Human Rights, Asma Jahangir, Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief, stated that some anti-terrorism legislation produces a simplistic link between terrorism and religion which, in turn, may have contributed to provoking acts of religious intolerance.

UN human rights experts reiterate concern at Guantánamo Bay detainees

In a press release dated 4 February, several UN human rights experts expressed their serious concern at the continuing situation of the persons detained at the US Naval Base in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. The experts questioned the legal basis for holding these individuals in detention, the independence of the tribunals in charge of reviewing the […]

Working Group on Arbitrary Detention concerned about human rights in the fight against terror

In its report to the Commission on Human Rights, the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention expressed its concern at the use of administrative detention and the recourse to emergency legislation diluting the right of habeas corpus or amparo and limiting the fundamental rights of persons detained in the context of the fight against terrorism. […]