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UN Warns Against Human Rights Violations in Terrorism Fight

The United Nations Commission on Human Rights says the fight against terrorism must not result in violations of human rights. A statement issued to commemorate Human Rights Day Monday expresses concern over the adoption of anti-terrorist legislation that may infringe upon human rights.

Independent experts of the United Nations Commission on Human Rights say nations must uphold human rights and fundamental freedoms in the aftermath of September 11.

Deputy spokesman for the Secretary-General Manoel de Almeida e Silva says the 17 experts understand security measures are necessary, but they caution nations not to compromise human rights. "Public policies must strike a fair balance between, on the one hand, the enjoyment of human rights and fundamental freedoms for all, and on the other hand, legitimate concerns over national and international security," he said.

The experts deplore human rights violations against groups such as migrants, refugees, religious and ethnic minorities, political activists, and the media, among others.

The commission experts said they will continue to monitor situations to guarantee human rights in a number of individual cases, which they did not specify.