Europe rights chief criticizes anti-terror blacklists
The 'war on terror' has gravely undermined previously agreed human rights standards. The counter-terrorism measures taken since 9/11 must now be thoroughly review and changed, not only in the United States and other affected countries, but also in inter-governmental organisations [sic]. Innocent victims must have their names cleared and receive compensation and steps must be taken to prevent similar injustices in the future. Those suspected of association with terrorism must not find themselves on so-called 'black-lists' without any prospect of having their case heard or reviewed by an independent body.Placements on the UN and the EU blacklists have been regularly voided by the courts. In 2006, the European Court of First Instance [official website] annulled [judgment text; JURIST report] a decision by the Council of the European Union [official website] that froze the assets of the People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI) [advocacy website]. In 2007, the same court overturned [JURIST report] a decision to freeze the assets of the chairman of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) Jose Maria Sison and the Hamas-affiliated al-Aqsa Foundation. In January, the Council of Europe's Parliamentary Assembly (PACE) [official website] called the blacklists "completely arbitrary" [JURIST report]. In October, UN Special rapporteur on the promotion and protection of human rights Martin Scheinin urged an overhaul of the blacklisting system [JURIST report].
Source: Tere Miller-Sporrer , http://jurist.law.pitt.edu
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