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"The United Nations, Counter Terrorism, Human Rights: Institutional Adaptation and Embedded Ideas"

Journal Article, Human Rights Quarterly, volume 29, issue 2, pages 489-514

May 2007

Author: Rosemary Foot, Former Research Fellow, International Security Program, 2005-2006

Belfer Center Programs or Projects: International Security

 

ABSTRACT

How resilient is the human rights norm in the counter-terrorist era? This question is explored through examining the record of two of the UN Security Council's counter-terrorist committees. The article argues that, initially, the procedures of these two committees damaged human rights protections, an outcome criticized by UN officials, human rights NGOs, and certain, mainly middle-power, states. Using the UN as a platform, they made the argument that a failure to ensure that anti-terrorist measures were in accordance with human rights standards would be counter-productive. As a result, Committee procedures have evolved and now give greater attention to the human rights consequences of counter-terrorist action.

 

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For Academic Citation:

Foot, Rosemary. "The United Nations, Counter Terrorism, Human Rights: Institutional Adaptation and Embedded Ideas." Human Rights Quarterly 29, no. 2 (May 2007): 489-514.

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