Joint declaration on the need for an international mechanism to monitor human rights and counter-terrorism
A group of international Non-Governmental Organizations has launched a Joint Declaration calling on the United Nations to monitor the impact on human rights of the fight against terrorism.
Practices such as torture, detention without judicial review, unfair trial, criminalisation of acts in exercise of fundamental rights, and suppression of the right to association have been sharply on the rise as a result of measures taken in the fight against terrorism.
The Declaration calls on the UN Commission on Human Rights at its 60th session in March/April 2004 to establish as a matter of utmost priority an independent mechanism on the question of human rights and counter-terrorism.
Joint declaration on the need for an international mechanism to monitor human rights and counter-terrorism [full text, PDF]