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29 October 2007
Department of Public Information • News and Media Division • New York
PRESS CONFERENCE ON HUMAN RIGHTS IN CONTEXT OF COUNTER-TERRORISM
Martin Scheinin, United Nations Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms while countering terrorism, ...
His recent report to the sixty-second session of the General Assembly focused on how counter-terrorist measures impacted refugee law and asylum. He said that, while racial, religious and ethnic groups were profiled and targeted in counter-terrorist measures, and terrorist suspects were also subjected to torture, inhuman, degrading treatment and arbitrary detention, asylum-seekers were the largest similarly situated group of persons whose human rights were “seriously and adversely affected by the fight against terrorism”.
Responding to a question about his country visit in July to Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territory, he said he had investigated Israel’s construction of the barrier wall, and had recommended that it should be replaced with a security infrastructure that respected internationally recognized barriers or would be respected by the Palestinians. He said he would highlight the issue of the wall in his forthcoming report to the Human Rights Council because it was one of the “clearest examples where we see how counter-terrorist measures do not only affect civil and political rights but also have an impact on economic, social and cultural rights, such as the right to health, the right to food, the right to education”.
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