Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Human Rights vs. National Security

 Human Rights vs. National Security [ for eg.National SecurityAnti-terrorism legislation. Within the Malaysian context- Emergency Regulations & Internal Security Act]

With the exception of non-derogable human rights (international conventions class the right to life, the right to be free from slavery, the right to be free from torture and the right to be free from retroactive application of penal laws as non-derogable),the UN recognises that human rights can be limited or even pushed aside during times of national emergency – although “ the emergency must be actual, affect the whole population and the threat must be to the very existence of the nation. The declaration of emergency must also be a last resort and a temporary measure ”
United Nations.

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