Human Rights: Curtailing Freedom

Are our freedoms being sacrificed in an attempt to ensure that terror attacks like those of last September do not occur again?

The World Today Published 1 February 2002 Updated 23 October 2020 4 minute READ

Terence Ranger

of St. Antony's College, Oxford

Human rights are a precondition for peace and stability – the very key to security.

Almost twenty years to the day after I began my career in human rights – working for Afghan refugees in Pakistan – I once again found myself visiting a refugee camp there to find out at first hand what today’s Afghan refugees want for their country. It was International Human Rights Day in December, and for me, surrounded by a sea of Afghan children, there could have been no better way to mark the first such event of this century.

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