Anti-terror war 'pretext for abuses'
The US-led “war on terror” is having a profound effect on human rights in the Arabian peninsula, Amnesty International said in a report published yesterday. Coming at a time when Arab states are beginning to respond to demands for human rights improvements, the “war on terror” has revived old practices, the report said. “Governments in the region are using it as a pretext for restricting freedom of expression and political dissent … generating fear among journalists, government critics and people known or perceived to have militant religious views.” Almost one-third of the 600 detainees held by the US at Guantánamo Bay are thought to come from the Arabian peninsula but thousands more are imprisoned in the region itself. Full Story