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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, 20 Torture, Interrogation, Counter-Terrorism, and the Rule of Law

Richard Pregent

From: Counter-Terrorism: International Law and Practice

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

Subject(s):
Torture — Prisoners of war — Terrorism — Rule of law — Self-defence — Necessity — Armed conflict, international — European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) — Admissibility of evidence
The crucial challenge facing … all democratic nations … is how to effectively respond to the threat of terrorism without abandoning the fundamental human rights principles that are essential to the maintenance of the rule of law and the hallmark of free and democratic societies. 1 This chapter deals with the use of coercive interrogation methods by states while combating terrorism. Despite well established prohibitions in both international human rights law and the law of armed conflict, many states have used and continue to use coercion in an effort to extract...
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