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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 […]

United Kingdom: Court dismisses appeal from British resident held in Guantánamo

On 11 October, a Court of Appeal held that the UK Government was not obliged to request the return of British residents held at the Guantánamo Bay detention centre. The Court ruled that the UK Government did not discriminate against the detainees and did not violate the right to family life of their families.

South Korea: UN rights experts question three draft counter-terrorism laws

In its concluding observations on South Korea released on 31 October, the Human Rights Committee (HRC) called on South Korea to ensure that three draft counter-terrorism laws concerning searches, telephone tapping, interception of communications and deportation are in strict conformity with the relevant provisions of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, and to […]

Pakistan: UN Counter-terrorism experts visit Pakistan

In November, a delegation of UN counter-terrorism officials, led by the head of the Counter-Terrorism Executive Directorate (CTED) visited Pakistan to examine the country’s counter-terrorism measures and to evaluate the nature and level of assistance necessary to implement Security Council resolution 1373 (2001). The delegation encouraged Pakistani officials, among other matters, to promote passage of […]

Philippines: Senate amends the anti-terrorism bill

On 8 and 14 November, the Philippines Senate adopted amendments to the anti-terrorism bill to better comply with international standards of human rights. The amendments removed the death penalty for terrorism, withdrew the granting of law enforcement powers to the military, reduced from 15 days to 5 days the period for detention without judicial authorization […]

Peru: Founder of Shining Path convicted to life imprisonment after retrial

On 14 October, Abimael Guzmán and Elena Iparraguirre, leaders of Peru’s Sendero Luminoso (Shining Path), were convicted of aggravated terrorism at a retrial and sentenced to life imprisonment. Another 10 members of the Shining Path’s leadership received sentences of between 25 and 35 years imprisonment. The decision has been appealed to the Supreme Court. Following […]