UN expert urges Britain to re-examine counter-terrorism bill
UN: A United Nations human rights expert Tuesday urged Britain to
withdraw or postpone action on a bill that would lower key standards
regarding detention in the context of fighting terrorism.
The bill, scheduled to be voted Wednesday in the House of Commons,
could set a negative precedent for upholding human rights as it contains
a key provision to extend pre-charge detention of terrorist suspects to
42 days, said Martin Scheinin, the UN's Special Rapporteur on human
rights and counter-terrorism, in a statement.
He expressed concern that this counter-terrorism bill, if adopted,
"could prompt other states to copy the provision into their own
counter-terrorism legislation, without reflecting on the importance of
effective judicial review."
"I appeal to the UK government to withdraw the bill or to postpone
taking a definitive decision on it," said Scheinin, who reports to the
Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council.
Geneva, Wednesday, Xinhua