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UN experts lauds guideline against terror

07 April 2016, 19:07

Lagos – Experts have welcomed the new Principles and Guidelines on Human Rights while Countering Terrorism in Africa launched by the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR).

The principles were launched recently to address the scourge in the continent where Nigeria’s Boko Haram is posing the most danger.

“We commend the ACHPR’s effort to draw a clear line of demarcation between what is permissible and what is not, when countering terrorism,” the United Nations expets jointly stated.

They spoke ahead of an upcoming ACHPR’s panel discussion in Banjul, The Gambia in which Member States will be briefed on the new Principles and Guidelines.

The session is set for Monday.

Also read: Ki-moon demands end to terror attacks

The experts called on all African governments to fully implement the Commission’s recommendations in order to respect human rights in the context of fighting terrorism.

The ACHPR Principles and Guidelines outline the fundamental human rights principles, norms and standards applicable in the African region that are most commonly engaged when countering terrorism.

These include the right to life, the absolute prohibition of torture, refoulement, enforced disappearances and discrimination, the independence of justice and the prohibition on arbitrary arrest and detention.

Other principles include the right to due process and fair trial, protection of civil society actors, including human rights defenders and journalists, as well as the rights to freedom of expression, peaceful assembly and association.



- CAJ News


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