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The European Convention on Human Rights, the Fight against Terrorism and the Ticking Bomb Situation

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Immediately after the attacks of 11 September 2001 the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe adopted a Declaration on the fight against international terrorism. They elaborated their approach to combine three main strands: (1) intensifying legal co-operation to combat terrorism, (2) whilst safeguarding fundamental rights (measures must remain consistent with the requirements of democracy, the rule of law and human rights) and (3) investing in democracy. This chapter comments on the second strand. The European Convention for the Prevention of Torture (CPT) established a CPT-Committee, which by means of visits, examines the treatment of persons deprived of their liberty, with a view to strengthening, if necessary, the protection of such persons form torture and from inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment. The chapter devotes a little attention to some questions which arises in relation to the threat or the use of torture in perceived ticking bomb situations.

Keywords: CPT convention; European convention on human rights (ECHR); terrorism; ticking bomb situation

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