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Anti-Terrorism Review Reform: Some Considerations

Jessie Blackbourn 8th August 2014

In mid-July, the UK government announced its intention to abolish the Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation – the office tasked to review the UK’s anti-terrorism laws – and replace it with a new Privacy and Civil Liberties Board. There is some merit in this proposed reform. A panel of reviewers could mitigate some of the […]

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UN sanctions: possible changes?

Michele Porcelluzzi 24th July 2014

In the last 20 years, the UN Security Council has adopted numerous sanctions not involving the use of armed force. Originally, these sanctions only targeted States and aimed to prevent or punish cross-border attacks, civil wars and terrorism. They have since narrowed to target specific entities or individuals and the rationale for sanctions has expanded […]

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Repression of Nonviolent Activism in Syria

Malu Halasa 9th June 2014

These days, nonviolent activists in Syria find themselves targeted on one side by the Syrian regime, and on the other, by extremist Islamic fronts. Their opposition to narrow interpretations of their country’s future – as either a continuing dictatorship or an equally brutal Sharia-state – has given these supposed foes common cause in attacking them. […]

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Accounting for Rights in EU Counter-Terrorism

Fiona de Londras 7th June 2014

In the 12 years after 9/11, the EU introduced 239 counter-terrorist measures, 88 of which were legally binding. In the EU, as elsewhere, designing and implementing counter-terrorism carries with it risks for rights. While a baseline of security is required in order to enjoy rights per se, ‘countering terrorism’ often infringes on the rights of […]

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The right to peaceful protest in Ethiopia

Solomon Tekle Abegaz 25th May 2014

Ethiopia is currently witnessing a wave of peaceful demonstrations from political parties, student groups and others. One such set of demonstrations took place between 25th and 29th April. Oromo students at Ambo University of the Oromia Regional State were opposing the “Integrated Master Plan of Addis Ababa” (a plan to expand the city to some […]

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