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Summary of Terrorism, Anti-Terrorism and Human Rights in Pakistan and US:
This comprehensive act of legislation substantially revised dozens of existing American laws to allow the US security agencies to take invasive measures, including invasive powers of search and surveillance, detention, and seizure of property and its confiscation, which previously had not been allowed because they compromised human rights and basic freedoms.
Human Rights Organizations concerns about anti-terrorism laws and institutions in Pakistan and USA (1) in its pursuit of the US-led “war on terror”, the Pakistani government has committed numerous violations of human rights protected in the Constitution of Pakistan and in international human rights law.
Victims of human rights violations in the “war on terror” include Pakistani and non-Pakistani terror suspects, men and some women, children of terror suspects, sometimes held as hostages, journalists who have reported on the “war on terror” and medical personnel who allegedly treated terror suspects. To this dismal human rights record, Pakistan’s actions in the “war on terror” have added a further layer of violations. Many of the measure adopted by U.S government after the September 11 attacks violated fundamental provisions of international human rights and humanitarian law.
International human rights and the jurisprudence of monitoring organizations acknowledge and provide for well-defined legal frameworks where rights can be adapted to the dangers that threaten nations, without altering the nature of these rights. The absence of an international term for terrorism leads to a series of related violations of rights and obligations, starting with the principle of the legality of rights and penalties and the application of counter-terrorism measures to ordinary citizens.
Although human rights treaties and international jurisprudence provide for measures that permit States to derogate to or limit certain fundamental rights, these universally recognized instruments are virtually systematically flouted by counter-terrorism legislation and practices.
Violations of the right of all persons to a fair, public, and timely hearing presided by an independent and impartial tribunal established by the law, which is flouted by the creation of military courts or exceptional tribunals to judge persons alleged of participating in terrorist acts:
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