This website uses cookies to ensure you have the best experience. Learn more

You Can Fight Terrorism Without Infringing Upon Human Rights

1079 words - 5 pages

This essay will explore assumption that we can fight terrorism without infringing upon human rights.

Prominent advocate for this assumption is obviously Mary Robinson, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, who urged states to “adhere to their international obligations to uphold human rights and fundamental freedoms when conducting counterterrorism”. This has become a key component of UN-endorsed Global Counterterrorism strategy. Another key leader, supporter of this assumption former US President Jimmy Carter in his remarks on Human Rights Defenders conference said: "policy changes in the United States and other nations because of pre-occupation with the use of force as the sole means to ...view middle of the document...

Just imagine that a criminal, like well known figures as Al Capone was tortured or striped from human rights what would happen with prosecution case. So, although terrorism involves spreading fear and terror, prosecution of terrorists should stay within accepted standards regarding human rights. In this regard, Norway certainly set the standard in dealing with “lone wolf case” of Anders Behring Breivik.

To further test this assumption we need to look into CT efficiency in several cases where we had human rights violations. First one is obviously Guantanamo Bay case. This prison has become destination for captured Talibans from Afghanistan but also for all alleged and proved terrorist from around the world. It is in some way legal “black hole”[3] which can even nod on human rights violations. Although US declared War on Terror, detainees in Guantanamo were not entitled to POW status arguing that Al-Qaida is not a country, hence these fighter were not protected by Geneva Conventions. Human treatment at Guantanamo was very harsh: torture and degrading treatment or punishments.[4] After number of years of discussion and number of cases that proved ill-treatment, President Obama signed order for closure of detention facility on January 22, 2009 and also banned the harshest interrogation techniques used.[5] This brought lots of negative publicity for counterterrorism.

Second case to consider is issue of human rights in drone attacks in Pakistan and Jemen. Amnesty International raised the question of legality of these attacks “that resulted in unlawful killings that may constitute extrajudicial executions or war crimes.”[6] Again, even allegation that these might be war crimes, fades success of our efforts that through CT, we make the world safer place.

Another argument against the protection of human rights in counterterrorism is that some important intelligence about Al-Qaida was gained through the use of torture while interrogating suspects. The most famous case is Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, one of the key Al-Qaida operatives who was interrogated by “enhanced techniques” by CIA in order to provide info on Al-Qaida. According to CIA, this information prevented another significant attack against West since 2001.[7] But how much we can believe CIA after several big mistakes like WMD in Iraq, Tora Bora and so on. Let me confront this with the thesis from Calder Walton who argues that “in the long term, the use of...

Find Another Essay On You can fight terrorism without infringing upon human rights

What relationships do you see between human rights and the "war on terrorism"?

1174 words - 5 pages . We are only making matters worse.Another example of human rights violations taking place because of the "war on terrorism" is the torture that has been induced upon many prisoners of war at the Guantanamo Bay Naval Station in Cuba by the U.S. military. Under international law torture is one of the most serious violations of human rights. It is considered unacceptable anywhere under any circumstances. It is one of the rights that can never be

Feminism: A Fight for Human Rights

2767 words - 11 pages enraged on paper? (Jacobus 800). Even though subdued, Woolf?s writing can still be enraging when the injustices inflicted upon women are discussed, no matter how trifling they seem to be compared to the violent acts noted previously. An injustice done to someone because she is a woman is a breach of human rights. When asked to speak on women and fiction, Woolf writes in A Room of One?s Own her primary argument, ?A woman must have money and a

grassroots boycott: The fight for human rights

826 words - 4 pages billion the U.S. will spend this year on the military will never buy peace if it continues to spend around one thirtieth of that, just $15 billion, to address the plight of the world’s poorest of the poor, whose societies are destabilized by extreme poverty and thereby become havens of unrest, violence, and even global terrorism.” (Perkins 272-273) The consequence of continuous war can lead to destruction of the human society, thereby poisoning

Halt Human Trafficking: A Global Fight for Human Rights

1958 words - 8 pages the main elements that motivated nations to adopt anti-trafficking policies (Chuang 147). With these policies in place the fight for human rights and the persecution of human traffickers will undoubtedly be more successful. With the advances in law making effective placement of policies to punish Human Traffickers, attention must also be given to the victims of this treacherous crime. Stolen Smiles: A Summary Report on the Physical and

The Fight For Women's Rights A Struggle Against Human Nature

1899 words - 8 pages The Fight for Women’s Rights, A Struggle Against Human Nature For an American in the twenty first century, for whom it is illegal to discriminate against anyone on the basis of race, color, or gender, it is almost incomprehensible that there was a time when women were more than just discriminated against, they were in fact denied all basic rights. Although the Enlightenment thinkers proposed the ideas of the inalienable rights of man in the mid

Human Rights Violations in the War on Terrorism

1027 words - 4 pages return for their support in the war on terrorism. When the enemy is faceless, as it is in the United States' fight against terror, there is a tendency to violate human rights in order to identify the perpetrators and anticipate further atrocities. Violations include detaining suspects without sufficient evidence or cause, denial of access to lawyer, and unfair trials. In addition to these violations, the United States has passed legislation that

Effects of UK Anti-Terrorism Laws on Human Rights

2836 words - 11 pages will contribute to current research by looking at the effects UK Anti-terrorism laws have had on human rights and whether these laws can be justified through protecting the public from acts of terrorism. To come to a conclusion I will be outlining what forms of terrorism are covered by the laws implemented by the UK legal system and how these may over-lap human rights. The definition of terrorism has proved to be controversial as there are over a

Human Rights activism in Pakistan TWO SISTERS; ONE GOAL; A FIGHT FOR CHANGE

2229 words - 9 pages fighting in the courts for their innocence. According to her RFK center interview Jahangir boldly proclaims her animosity towards honor killings saying, “I do not think the murder of anybody can be explained away either by culture or religion.” This goes to show how hard it is for these two sisters to fight for human rights in Pakistan when the government is resisting them. In the specific example, the media was used against these two sisters

How the Natural Human Leaning Process Can Help You Learn

921 words - 4 pages Do you ever have trouble learning a new skill? If so then you should become familiar with the “Natural Human Learning Process (NHLP),” which can help you understand how the brain learns through stages, and how emotions effect learning. If you take the time to learn and use NHLP, then mastering a new skill will be easy. In order to use The Natural Human Learning Process you must first know what it is. The “Natural Human Learning Process” is a

Can the notion of Human Rights be justified and in what are such rights grounded?

2709 words - 11 pages Can the notion of Human Rights be justified and in what are such rights grounded?"Human rights are a set of universal claims to safeguard human dignity from illegitimate coercion, typically enacted by state agents" (Brysk, 2002 p. 3). The notion of human rights is an important ideal in society and a cause of great debate these days. Rights limit the extent to which other humans can intrude on other individuals and groups and are a necessary

Capital Punishment and Human Rights - Does the Death Penalty breach human rights? Can it ever be justified?

1180 words - 5 pages relation to human rights. Every human has the right to life and the right not to be tortured or subjected to any, cruel, inhuman or degrading punishment. The death penalty can be torture as it rarely is smooth and painless. All legal systems are fallible, so executing an innocent person is not hard to imagine happening. Corrupt politicians can use it to suit their own agendas. The death penalty does not allow criminals a chance to redeem themselves

Similar Essays

Assumption: “You Can Fight Terrorism Without Infringing Human Rights.”

1117 words - 5 pages rights, not that States actually do so in practice. There is a lack of empirical data, i.e. research showing the prevalence of terrorism in countries with strong human rights records as opposed to countries with poor human rights records. There is significant judicial support for the assumption that you can fight terrorism without infringing human rights. The European Court of Human Rights, a judicial organ which has produced the most cogent body

Can The World Be Rid Of Terrorism Without Damaging The Civil Rights Of Citizens?

3056 words - 12 pages great deal. As you can see, the right to be presumed innocent and all the freedoms that come with it will be infringed upon if terrorism is to be stopped. These infringements make it impossible for a nation to be democratic.Along with the presumption of innocence, privacy of the person could inevitably be tossed out the window. Privacy of the person is threatened by giving the police the right to collect evidence without oversight. Canada's new

Can You Live Without It? Essay

1014 words - 4 pages Have you ever had a possession that was so essential to your existence that you felt you couldn’t live without it? For instance, I have known many people who have said. I will die without that! They may be speaking of things such as their cell phone, or their Blackberry. In these cases being without these items probably wouldn’t cause them to die. Similarly, there are also people who hold onto items that belonged to a loved one, no longer

Human Rights, War And Terrorism Essay

1834 words - 7 pages instruments while demonstrating foul coldness towards other values and important universal principles cherished by other countries. HUMAN RIGHTS, WAR AND TERRORISM: THE WAY FORWARD ================================================ Human rights are things which belong to us simply because we are human beings. Human rights are about you, me, us, them, and how we "should act towards one another in a spirit of