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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.

Russian Federation: Committee Against Torture criticizes secret detention, torture and disappearances in Chechnya

In its concluding observations on the Russian Federation released on 29 November, the Committee against Torture (CAT) expressed concern about allegations of unofficial places of detention in the North Caucasus and of torture or cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment practiced in those facilities. It also called on the Russian Federation to take all necessary measures […]

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 […]

Sweden: UN experts find violation of torture ban for involvement in CIA rendition

On 10 November, the UN Human Rights Committee concluded that Sweden violated the prohibition against torture under the International Covenant of Civil and Political Rights by being involved in the transfer from Sweden to Egypt by CIA operatives of Mohammed Alzery, an Egyptian asylum seeker suspected of involvement in terrorist activities. The Committee found that […]