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Ritualised responses to ‘new’ terror threats post 9/11

By Rumyana Grozdanova, University of Liverpool

News flash: Deadly terrorism existed before 9/11

A hijacker points his pistol from the cockpit of TWA Flight 847 as an ABC news crew approaches the jet for an interview at Beirut International Airport on June 19, 1985. Image:

Terrorism is not a new phenomenon, but since the attacks of 11 September 2001 it has been characterised as an unprecedented transnational challenge requiring new laws and international collaboration to combat it. The adoption of UN Security Council Resolutions supporting expansive counter-terror measures, and within some regional organisations and states, the rush to support and implement these measures – all under the rubric of the right of states to individual and collective self-defence – now has the appearance of a well-rehearsed ritual in the aftermath of any particular act of terrorism.

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Extraordinary Rendition and Human Rights: The Case of Khaled El-Masri

Mapping Extraordinary Rendition in Europe. Source: Council of Europe Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights

Mapping Extraordinary Rendition in Europe.
Source: Council of Europe Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights

By Rumyana Grozdanova

Durham University Law School

In December 2012, Khaled El-Masri, a German national who was detained by Macedonian border security and then extraordinarily rendered by the CIA, finally received a measure of justice. In a case that has haunted many in the human rights community, Mr El-Masri was subjected to incommunicado detention, first at the hands of Macedonian authorities after being seized on 31 December 2003, and then by the CIA, who rendered him to the infamous “Salt Pit” secret prison in Kabul where he was detained without access to legal representation or diplomatic services and ill-treated for a further four months. Continue Reading →

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Centre for International Governance and Justice – News and Events

Megan MitchellSource: NSW Commission for Children and Young People

Megan Mitchell
Source: NSW Commission for Children and Young People

Australia Appoints its First National Children’s Commissioner

Monday saw the appointment of Australia’s first National Children’s Commissioner. Megan Mitchell, the current NSW Commissioner for Children and Young People, will assume the post on 25 March 2013, for a period of five years. Regarding Rights contributor Mhairi Cowden’s examination of the role of the Commissioner, published earlier this year, suggests that the new Commissioner will need to “engage in child centred approaches to representation” if the position is going to effectively protect and promote children’s rights in Australia. Continue Reading →