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Repression is often “cause of evil”

Governments must find ways to fight terrorism without infringing on human rights, Swiss President Micheline Calmy-Rey has said at the United Nations in New York.

Calmy-Rey, speaking at a counter terrorism forum, said that “repression is often the cause of evil”.

She said in her speech that the protection of human rights can only be guaranteed if each member state and UN stakeholder share the same concept of what this effort implies.

“Including guarantees of protection in resolutions of the UN General Assembly or Security Council are not enough to ensure protection on the ground,” the Swiss president added.

In particular, she regretted that the special task force of the UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, has no mandate to integrate all issues concerning human rights.

The anti-terrorism forum is the first in series of high-level events being convened this week on the margins of the UN’s 66th General Assembly.

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