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Envoy Says Some Sept. 11 Laws Go Too Far

A U.N. human rights envoy said Thursday that the responses of many nations to the Sept. 11 attacks were tough anti-terror laws that cut into civil liberties. In a report to the U.N. General Assembly, Pakistani human rights lawyer Hina Gilani said some of this security-related legislation is so broad that “when abused, these instruments can themselves be used as tools of state terror.” Speaking with reporters after presenting the report, Gilani welcomed a high court decision to hear an appeal asking whether foreigners held in the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, may contest their indefinite detention in American courts. More than 650 prisoners are being held. “I think it is a welcome step that the Supreme Court in this country has opened the question up because judiciary is an important forum for protecting the rights of citizens against executive excesses,” Gilani said. Full Story

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