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Terrorism And Human Rights In The Field Of Conflict

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The relationship between human rights and terrorism, particularly within conflict arenas, is a complex and changing one. In order to contextualise the discussion, reference should first be made to the relevant sections of the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights. It should be remembered that the standards that organisations such as Amnesty International demand from governments for the protection of the human rights of their citizens have become more and more exacting. The concept of human rights today differs substantially from the eighteenth century notion of the right to life, liberty and security of person. When the tension between human rights and anti-terrorist measures is examined, it seems that the conclusion to be reached is the realistic one that full human rights are incompatible with counter-terrorism. In other words, it may be necessary to deny the same level of human rights to terrorists as is enjoyed by the majority population.

Keywords: Amnesty International; anti-terrorist measures; conflict arenas; counter-terrorism; human rights; terrorism; United Nations (UN); Universal Declaration of Human Rights



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