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China Letter-News and Human Rights

China human rights news with focus on the Uygur of Xinjiang, Tibetans and Tibet, Chinese mining workers, religion, corruption and censorship.

Sunday, March 14, 2004

U.N. Rights Commission To Examine Anti-Terror Effect On Liberty

U.N. Wire Article:

"Concerns that individual liberties are being eroded in the name of fighting terrorism could overshadow other human rights issues at the annual meeting of the U.N. Commission on Human Rights, which begins Monday in Geneva, Agence France-Presse reports.

Acting U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Bertrand Ramcharan will recommend the appointment of a special monitor to track security crackdowns against suspected terror groups, despite opposition from several countries, including the United States and the United Kingdom, diplomats and activists said.".

The initiative sponsored by Mexico has come about as a result specifically of concerns about the treatment of Guantanamo Bay detainees and the treatment of the Uygur in Xinjiang by the Chinese.

However it is not without it's detractors.

"The U.S., Britain, Spain and Australia are lining up with countries like India, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia to resist this initiative," said Rory Mungoven of Human Rights Watch.

After the recent Madrid atrocity there will be no love lost between those nations and those they consider terrorists or supporters of terrorist and unfortunately it is likely the motion will be defeated and the world will continue to watch innocent people being painted with the very wide brush that is wielded in the name of the "War on Terrorism"