11 March 2009


‘Many governments, ignoring the lessons of history, have allowed themselves to be rushed into hasty responses to terrorism that have undermined cherished values and violated human rights. The result is a serious threat to the integrity of the international human rights legal framework.’ said Justice Arthur Chaskalson the Chair of the independent panel of eminent judges and lawyers who investigated the global response to the threat of terrorism following the events of 11th September 2001.

He was speaking last month after the panel submitted its report to the International Commission of Jurists which initiated the extensive study involving sixteen hearings covering over forty countries in all regions of the world.

The report noted the consequences of counter-terrorism responses which have included practices such as torture, disappearances, arbitrary and secret detention, unfair trials, and persistent impunity for gross human rights violations in many parts of the world, and calls for the repeal of abusive laws and policies enacted in recent years and the restoration of long-standing international norms.

The a summary and a copy of the full report can be found at the EJP website.

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