This category focuses on the influence of the US-led anti-terror campaign on human rights and civil liberties worldwide. It includes information on and discussion about laws, treaties and official declarations introduced under the impression of September 11 and dealing with issues as civil and refugee rights, free speech, freedom of the press etc.
The treatment of al-Qaeda and Taliban prisoners by the United States offends basic human rights, international law and the Geneva Convention. Analysis by Peter Beaumont.
Article about the claim that several world leaders are exploiting the US-led war on terror to justify a crack down on political opponents and abuse human rights.
A growing number of reports shows that none of the 598 inmates designated as "enemy combatants" and held without charge at the US Caribbean base are al-Qaida leaders or can reveal any important information. The Guardian, UK.
News on the decaying state of freedom in the United States in reaction to counter-terrorism attacks on civil liberties.
The Human Rights Watch world report 2002 warns that the anti-terror campaign led by the United States is inspiring opportunistic attacks on civil liberties around the world. Summary and complete text of the report.
Human Rights Watch Report on human rights violations by the US government, as secret arrests, misused immigration charges and process violations. Includes summary and recommendations.
New York Times article on the techniques of U.S. interrogators on terrorist suspects, and whether or not they constitute torture. [Free registration required].
Taping a bag over the heads of Afghan prisoners stops us feeling anything for them, so we can breakfast in peace. A comment by Terry Jones in the Observer, UK.
The Observer's Home Affairs editor Martin Bright gives evidence to the Special Immigration Appeals Commission case of nine men who have been detained without trail for over seven months. The Observer, UK.
US has been secretly sending prisoners suspected of al-Qaida connections to countries where torture during interrogation is legal. The Guardian, UK.
The US refuses to either charge or free those suspected of terrorism. The Guardian, UK.
Full coverage of the U.S. prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, including the latest Supreme Court rulings over its legality and a database of detainees.
Special report on the Obama administration's examination of some of the most controversial and clandestine interrogation tactics used during the Bush presidency. Includes related special reports.
"The C.I.A. officers used waterboarding at least 83 times against Abu Zubaydah, according to a 2005 Justice Department legal memorandum. [...] The 2005 memo also says that the C.I.A. used waterboarding 183 times against Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, the self-described planner of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks."
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