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U.N. Expert: U.S. Anti-Terror Law Violates International Law

The United States’ new anti-terrorism law contains a number of provisions that fail to meet obligations the U.S. has under international law, with some appearing to contradict the right to a fair trial, a key U.N. rights expert said Friday. Martin Scheinin, the United Nations’ expert on protecting human rights in combatting terrorism, said the Military Commissions Act signed into law earlier this month by U.S. President George W. Bush “contains a number of provisions that are incompatible with the international obligations of the United States under human rights law and humanitarian law.” Full Story

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