UN rights chief says response to terror "confused"

[JURIST] Speaking in Geneva on the eve of International Human Rights Day, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour said Thursday that the vision set out in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights adopted 56 years ago was now "under considerable strain":

Few of us are free from fear; many of us are still not free from want. The sinister shadow of terrorism is generating a confused response, unanchored in the principles that have guided us in the search for a proper balance between our desire for collective security and our need for liberty and individual freedom.
Citing the situation in the Darfur region of Sudan, Arbour also noted the constant threat to human rights in areas plagued by armed conflict. Read the UNHCHR press release on her remarks here. CBC News has more.


 

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