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UN terrorism blacklists targeted by Senate

The Senate wants the government to ensure that human rights and international law are respected in the international fight against terrorism.

This content was published on September 8, 2009 - 16:14

It unanimously agreed a motion by Dick Marty, who has complained that United Nations blacklists of suspected terrorists violate the principles of the Swiss rule of law, notably the right of defendants to appeal and the presumption of innocence.

There is a risk that people are unjustly deprived of fundamental rights and freedoms for years, according to Marty, who in 2005 led an investigation by the Council of Europe into alleged illegal CIA secret prisons in Europe.

Foreign Minister Micheline Calmy-Rey said Switzerland was committed to abiding by decisions of the UN Security Council. But she added that the policy of blacklisting could lead to problems for individuals.

The other parliamentary chamber, the House of Representatives, is still to discuss the motion.

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