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PACE’s Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights: ‘The UN must stand for the principle of fighting terrorism resolutely but fairly’

In Uncategorized on April 26, 2011 at 5:31 pm

The Council of Europe hosted a special 3 day meeting (19-21 April) of the UN Security Council’s Counter-Terrorism Committee with the aim of “speeding up international efforts to fight terrorism.” The meeting was said to focus on “prevention policies, comprehensive and integrated strategies, and the role of law enforcement and the criminal justice system in preventing terrorism”

In response to the meeting, the PACE’s Committee on legal Affairs issued a statement highlighting three particular concerns that participants of conference should consider while addressing counter-terrorism strategies.  The three points, as outlined in the statement, are pasted below:

Specific concerns addressed to participants of the Special Meeting:

(i) Terrorism can and must be fought effectively in a manner which fully respects human rights and the rule of law. Under no circumstances can rights which are non-derogable under the European Convention on Human Rights and other international human rights instruments be compromised.

(ii) Terrorists must be held to account and appropriately punished for human rights violations they have perpetrated. Also, abusive recourse to the doctrine of state secrecy must be prohibited and cannot be invoked with respect to serious human rights violations.

(iii) Targeted sanctions against individuals or specific groups (“blacklists”) have a direct impact on individual human rights. Such sanctions must provide appropriate legal guarantees to ensure their credibility and effectiveness.

For the full press release, click here.

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