Human Rights, Understanding Terrorism and Counter Terrorism

  • Mrityunjay Om
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  • Mrityunjay Om

    Student at Chaudhary Charan Singh University, India

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Human rights are the basic rights and freedom that is prescribed to every human from the time he/she is born. These rights can’t be taken away and are based on the principles of dignity, fairness, equality and respect. In the contemporary world, Terrorism is the illicit use of brute force to overawe the government, the civilian population, any segment thereof to achieve political objectives. Terrorism are the worst rated crimes to exist and it’s results are shambolic that results to the loss of human lives, economy fluctuating and so on. Pre-emptive actions need to be taken in order to combat terrorism. United Nations have been condemning terrorist attacks and organizations like NATO are combating terrorism with Counter-terrorism. The concept of Counter terrorism is to basically retaliate and eliminate terrorist groups. But implementing counter-terrorism is of a great difficulty. Human rights activists believe that counter-terrorism is of a great threat to the civil liberties and it involves illegal detention and restriction to right to freedom. For the prevention of terrorism through counter terrorism it is necessary that the security personnel’s have a good knowledge about weapons and terrorist tactics. Security personnel are people who are high ranked security officers with a deep and vast knowledge of their field. In India especially these forces play an important role in guarding the border and controlling civil unrest. Security personnel enjoy the right to preventively detain anyone they find suspicious, question the detained. They may even go on to search and seize good of any person under their jurisdiction who they find to be a subject to any terrorist group. But with these rights comes restrictions and United-General Assembly adopted on 1979 that Security Personnel shall respect human life as they have to abide by the International covenants against torture and other cruel punishments.


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International Journal of Law Management and Humanities, Volume 6, Issue 3, Page 683 - 690


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