The tension between prevention of terrorism and protection of human rights

Salih, Ismail Idowu (2014) The tension between prevention of terrorism and protection of human rights. Working Paper. Social Science Research Network. . [Monograph]

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It is settled that the tension between counter-terrorism measures and human rights is real. This paper which, explores the link between the link and tension between the guarantee of human rights and the protection from terrorism, also considers the effect of State counter-terrorism measures on the right to liberty and security of the person. The paper revisits and discusses the actions taken by the UK and the USA governments following the terrorist attack of September 11, 2001. Both governments appear to have similar interpretation of "terrorism" and believe traditional criminal legal system can no longer be used to solve what is considered new era of terrorism ("super-terrorism"). The USA declaration of "war on terrorism" is unconditionally supported by the UK government. Both countries engage in arbitrary detention of terrorist suspects, including asylum seekers. New immigration rules and a system of profiling were introduced. The UK introduces "control orders" while the USA uses the "material witness law" and presidential war powers to detain people. While the paper concedes most of the enacted measures could help to fight terrorism, the systematic erosion of civil liberties in the countries that pride themselves with democracy and the rule of law remains a great concern.

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
Keywords (uncontrolled): Prevention of Terrorism, Arbitrary Detention, Human Rights, Foreign Criminals, Liberty and Security
Research Areas: A. > School of Law
A. > School of Law > Criminology and Sociology
A. > School of Law > Doctoral Institute
A. > School of Law > European Human Rights Advocacy Centre
A. > School of Law > Law and Politics
A. > School of Law > Social Policy Research Centre
Item ID: 13912
Notes on copyright: Access restricted pending copyright check
Depositing User: Ismail Salih
Date Deposited: 28 Nov 2014 09:24
Last Modified: 29 Nov 2022 23:20

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