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UN High-level Panel on Threats, Challenges and Change releases findings on terrorism

The High Level Panel in its report concludes that terrorism attacks the values that lie at the heart of the UN Charter, including human rights and the rule of law, but also highlights concerns that the “war on terrorism” has sometimes served to corrode those same values. The Panel advocates an approach to countering terrorism […]

General Assembly reaffirms counter-terrorism measures must comply with international law

The Third Committee of the General Assembly adopted a resolution on 11 November encouraging States to take into account relevant resolutions on human rights and comments and views of UN human rights treaty bodies while countering terrorism and to ensure any measure they take to counter terrorism complies with their obligations under international law.

UN Security Council passes anti-terror resolution to stem attacks against civilians

Condemning terrorism as one of the most serious threats to peace and security, the Security Council, on 8 October, unanimously called on countries to prosecute or extradite anyone supporting terrorist acts or participating in the planning of such schemes. Amnesty International has raised concerns that the resolution could undermine the right to freedom of religion […]

3rd Roundtable of European NHRIs addresses counter-terrorism and human rights

Ways for national institutions to protect human rights in the fight against terrorist acts was the focus of the 3rd European Round-table of National Human Rights Institutions, co-hosted by the German Institute for Human Rights and the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights. The ICJ addressed the gathering.

Guidelines adopted by Council of Europe experts

The Council of Europe Steering Committee on Human Rights adopted Council of Europe Guidelines on Aid to and Protection of Victims of Terrorism at its 59th meeting in Strasbourg from 22 to 27 November 2004. The Guidelines encourage states to provide support to victims of terrorism, particularly through emergency and continuing assistance, through effective access […]

UK law lords rule against indefinite detention of foreign suspects

Indefinite detention of foreign suspects is disproportionate and discriminatory found the House of Lords on 16 December. The Lords were hearing a legal challenge against the detention, without trial, of 11 foreign nationals detained under the Anti-Terrorism Crime and Security Act 2001 that was passed shortly after 11 September 2001. The Lords also issued a […]