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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...

2009-02-16

 USA terrorism UK human rights illegal international law
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...

2009-02-21

 USA Afghanistan torture terrorism human rights international law Bagram justice enemy combattant
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...

2009-02-21

 USA torture terrorism human rights international law detention
An inquiry into the Netherlands' support for the invasion of Iraq says it was not justified by UN resolutions. The Dutch Committee of Inquiry on Iraq said UN Security Council resolutions did not "constitute a mandate for... intervention in 2003"...

2010-01-12

 Iraq invasion Netherlands international law War On Terror WMD