EU anti-terrorism measures criticised

Swiss senator Dick Marty has come out against planned EU anti-terrorism measures, saying they do not take into account human rights sufficiently.

This content was published on April 7, 2008 - 21:47

The draft being currently drawn up defines legislation against inciting terrorist attacks and recruiting or training terrorists.

Marty, a member of the parliamentary assembly of the Council of Europe – the continent's human rights watchdog - warned on Monday that this legislation still doesn't spell out that it must be applied in line with existing international human rights standards. These include freedom of expression, association and religion.

The senator, who chairs the assembly's sub-committee on the fight against terrorism, said in Brussels that basic human rights were "not an accessory or decoration".

He called for the inclusion of a "safeguard clause" making any new EU anti-terror laws subject to existing human rights obligations.

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