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Counter-Terrorism - International Law and Practice edited by Salinas de Frías, Ana María; Samuel, Katja; White, Nigel D (1st January 2012)

Part III Counter-terrorism In Practice, 18 Detention as a Response to Terrorism

Nigel S Rodley

From: Counter-Terrorism: International Law and Practice

Edited By: Ana María Salinas de Frías, Katja Samuel, Nigel D White

Subject(s):
Detention — Terrorism — Armed conflict, international — Erga omnes obligations
When societies or their governments have confronted perceived threats to their security, the typical reaction has been to eliminate the threat by removing those thought to represent it. Historically, the methods of removal have been deprivation of life, exile, or deprivation of liberty. As formal measures, the first two of these have gradually fallen into disuse, albeit summary killings continue to take place surreptitiously, and the judicial death penalty is still retained in some societies despite a rapid decline in the last half century. Also many refugees can...
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