The War on Terror Has Contributed to a Grave Abuse of Human Rights Essay

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The War On Terror Has Contributed To A Grave Abuse Of Human Rights. by Sakinatu Mustapha • December 27, 2013 Introduction The “War on Terror” has led to grave human rights violations and, in response, to a growing volume of human rights litigation. The “War On Terror” has been exploited by western governments to reduce civil liberties and take away basic human right thus the term war is not appropriately used in this context since there is no one enemy. This essay would provide an argument of litigation that has unfolded in recent years in relation to issues such as extraordinary rendition. The essay would further provide a prism which displays key characteristics of the “War On Terror” as it affects human rights such as what is happening in Afghanistan, Syria, and Palestine and how citizens of the victim country become the target, arbitrary detention and torture- ill-treatment, demolition of social infrastructure and becoming refugees. War is a conflict carried on by force of arms, as between nations or parties within a nation’s warfare, as by land, sea or air. Terror is a person or thing that causes intense fear and Terrorism is the systematic use of violence and intimidation to achieve some goal, hence this leads to the question what is human right and human rights abuse? Human Rights is the basic rights and freedoms to which all humans are entitled, often held to include the right to life and liberty, freedom of thought and expression, and equality before the law thus Human Rights Abuse is infringement on the fundamental human rights. The “War on Terror” is an international campaign to end terrorism. The effort is overseen by the United States and the United Kingdom and also receives much support from the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, or NATO. The effort has included several wars, lately the Iraq war and recently Syria and also the war in

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