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UN human rights lawyers warn against new anti-terrorism law

National News // June 2, 2020

UN human rights lawyers are warning a new Swiss anti-terrorism law being discussed in parliament would be illegal if passed. 

Photo by Bill Oxford on Unsplash UN human rights lawyers warn against new anti-terrorism law

The UN’s High Commissioner of Human Rights says an article in the bill which allows for preventive detention would fall foul of the European Convention on Human Rights and the UN Convention of the Rights of the Child as it applies to those over the age of 12. 

The section of the bill was not proposed by the Federal Council, but has been added by parliament. 

A letter from the UN to the Swiss Justice Ministry says the wording of the bill is too vague and could lead to arbitrary detention. 


 

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