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Once, China's human rights record might have been the main talking point, but that issue does not now seem as important. Some believe China's growing economic might has forced world leaders to soften their criticism on this issue.


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Anti-terror measures worldwide have seriously undermined international human rights law, a report by legal experts says. After a three-year global study, the International Commission of Jurists said many states used the public's fear of terrorism to introduce measures. These included detention without trial, illegal disappearance and torture. It also said that the UK and the US have "actively undermined" international law by...


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Detainees being held at Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan cannot use US courts to challenge their detention, the US says. The justice department ruled that some 600 so-called enemy combatants at Bagram have no constitutional rights. Most have been arrested in Afghanistan on suspicion of waging a terrorist war against the US. The move has disappointed human rights lawyers who had hoped the Obama administration would take a different line to...


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America's first homeland security secretary has accepted some criticisms of the US "war on terror" made in a recent report by legal experts. Tom Ridge told the BBC that the report's attacks on extended detention and torture were justified.


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Foreign suspects held in Guantanamo Bay have the right to challenge their detention in US civilian courts, the US Supreme Court has ruled.


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Bi-lateral and multilateral aid programmes of donor nations (most often Western countries) often attach business, purchasing and other requirements of recipient nations. This type of aid reinforces the image of the donor as benefactor of the world and the image of the recipient as inferior. Such assistance is also typically determined by the intentions and values of the recipient nations, as most donor nations refuse to support governments...
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UN Secretary General Kofi Annan urges the US to work with other nations rather than acting unilaterally. ... And he urged the US to respect human rights in its war on terror.


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It calls on the US to either put the inmates on trial or release them and close down the centre. The investigators also call for the prosecution of US officials who may have been involved in torture. The UN's most senior human rights official was also scathing about alleged CIA detention centres and the practice of extraordinary rendition. They were, she insisted, a complete repudiation of the law. And she was highly critical of...


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As expected - and as fervently hoped by civil liberties lawyers - the US Supreme Court has ruled that Guantanamo Bay is not a legal black hole. The Bush administration has argued consistently that inmates held there have no right to challenge the conditions of their detention because the US courts do not have jurisdiction over the base. That position has now been declared untenable by the nine Supreme Court judges.


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Sacrificing human rights in the name of security at home, turning a blind eye to abuses abroad and using pre-emptive military force where and when it chooses, have neither increased security nor ensured liberty.


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A review into the detention of hundreds of foreign nationals in the United States following the 11 September 2001 attacks has found significant problems in the way they were handled.


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Iranian Nobel Peace Prize winner Shirin Ebadi has criticised states for infringing human rights "under the cloak of the war on terrorism".


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The Bush administration has suffered two legal setbacks in its efforts to curtail the rights of those it accuses of being involved in terrorism. A federal appeals court has ruled US authorities do not have the power to detain a US citizen seized on US soil as an "enemy combatant". And a court said detainees being held by the US military at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba should have access to lawyers.


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