United Kingdom: comments on initial proposals for emergency legislation

In the wake of the attacks of 11 September 2001 in the United States, on 15 October 2001 the UK Home Secretary announced a package of emergency measures which will be placed before Parliament in mid-November. Amnesty International is concerned that some of the measures, as outlined by the Home Secretary on 15 October, may contravene internationally recognized human rights standards or facilitate the violation of individuals’ human rights. It is the obligation of the government to ensure the protection of human rights of all people in the jurisdiction.

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