Iceland crisis


Terrorism laws can be abused to stifle dissent: UN rights expert
October 23, 2008, 10:17 am
Filed under: Uncategorized

Britain’s use of anti-terror laws to freeze the assets of failing Icelandic banks shows how such legislation can be abused for purposes other than originally intended, according to a UN independent expert.

“It is indicative of the risks that measures that are originally inserted into legislation in the name of fighting terrorism may have a spillover effect into matters which have nothing to do with terrorism,” said Martin Scheinin, the United Nations’ special rapporteur on the protection of human rights in the fight against terrorism.

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