|KHRP Chairman Speaks at Norwegian Bar Association Conference in Oslo|
KHRP Chair Mark Muller QC today addressed a conference hosted by the Norwegian Bar Association in Oslo entitled ‘Combating Terrorism and Legal Safeguards’, which aimed to tackle the question of how to protect fundamental freedoms in a political environment strongly influenced by counter-terrorism concerns.
Mark Muller’s speech, ‘Terrorism, Proscription and the Right to Resist in an Age of Conflict’, explored the tensions between counter-terror mechanisms and the legally-recognised principle of self-determination, arguing that the lack of an internationally agreed definition of terrorism increases the scope for oppressive regimes to use the struggle against terrorism as a justification for denying self-determination.
KHRP has long argued that current Turkish counter-terrorism legislation fails to meet the country’s international human rights obligations. Amended laws that came into force in 2006 have introduced an alarmingly vague definition of terrorism, undermine procedural safeguards in custody and fair trial rights, and threaten the freedoms of expression and association.