Human Rights Issues in Eurasia / Правовые Вопросы В Регионах Евразии

For “Eurasia LIFT” : the UN Special Rapporteur on human rights and counter-terrorism about Russia

Posted by Info on 03/08/2009

1) Many experts expressed serious concerns regarding the 2006 Law on Countering Terrorism and the Law on Extremism. What is your opinion about this legal framework and where do see the danger for the society?

There is a concerns about that law and have addressed them in a letter to the Russian government. As in so many other countries, I am concerned of broad definitions of terrorism that may result in the use of force and special powers in respect of activities that cannot be described as terrorism. Terrorism means resorting to the unacceptable tactics of using deadly or otherwise serious violence against innocent ordinary people. Crimes against the state are not terrorism on their own, unless terrorist tactics are employed. Wide special powers should always be avoided, even in the fight against terrorism properly defined. And in no case may the conduct by state authorities be covered by a shield of impunity.


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