Iran most active in countering terror

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May 23 2007, 10:04 AM #1

Iran most active in countering terror
Wed, 23 May 2007 11:35:41

A recent statement issued by the UN Security Council (UNSC) says Iran is the most active country in countering terrorism.

The statement was issued after Iran submitted a report to the UN titled "Iranian Government's 50 Counterterrorism Acts" which presented the UNSC with Iran's activities in fighting terrorism during 2006.

The UN statement emphasized that nations which adopted UN Resolutions 1624 and 1373 are required to provide annual reports on their counterterrorism activities.

In the wake of the September 11 terrorist attacks on the US, the United Nations Security Council unanimously adopted resolution 1373, obliging all states to criminalize assistance for terrorist activities, deny financial support and safe haven to terrorists and share information about groups planning terrorist attacks.

Resolution 1624, which was adopted in 2005, concerns incitement to commit acts of terrorism and stresses the obligations of countries to comply with international human rights laws.

The UN statement stressed that the report sent by Iran comes even as the governments of the US and Israel both declined to provide their own reports on anti-terrorism activities.
�To those who are afraid of the truth, I wish to offer a few scary truths; and to those who are not afraid of the truth, I wish to offer proof that the terrorism of truth is the only one that can be of benefit to the proletariat.� -- On Terrorism and the State, Gianfranco Sanguinetti

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May 23 2007, 12:05 PM #2

Bridget @ May 23 2007, 10:04 AM wrote:The UN statement stressed that the report sent by Iran comes even as the governments of the US and Israel both declined to provide their own reports on anti-terrorism activities.
There's the rub........

This article published today......

First Published 2007-05-23, Last Updated 2007-05-23 11:56:57
'war on terror' dividing world

Report warns biased counter-terrorism strategies in West deepen gap between Muslims and non-Muslims.

By Michael Thurston - LONDON

Fears stoked by the post-9/11 "war on terror" are increasingly dividing the world, Amnesty International said Wednesday, while rapping rights abuses from China to Darfur and Russia to the Middle East.

The gap between Muslims and non-Muslims notably deepened, fueled by discriminatory counter-terrorism strategies in Western countries, warned the rights group in its annual report.

Human rights are also routinely flouted in Iraq and Afghanistan, on the front line of the US-led crackdown on international extremism since the September 11, 2001 attacks which triggered a profound geopolitical shift.

"The politics of fear is fueling a downward spiral of human rights abuse in which no right is sacrosanct and no person safe," said Amnesty International chief Irene Kahn.

"The 'war on terror' and the war in Iraq, with their catalogue of human rights abuses, have created deep divisions that cast a shadow on international relations," making it harder to resolve conflicts and protect civilians.

The 320-page report, covering rights abuses worldwide in 2006, focused particular attention on violence against women, as well as torture, terror and the death penalty, which Amnesty fiercely opposes.

While noting that 144 states have ratified the UN Convention Against Torture, it documented abuse and ill-treatment by security forces in 102 states worldwide.

The US detention camp at Guantanamo Bay came in for particular criticism: Amnesty said 400 detainees from more than 30 countries are still held in what it called "the public symbol of the injustices in the 'war on terror.'"

As for violence against women, it said one in three women is subjected to intimate abuse by a partner during their lifetime, while 70 percent of casualties in recent conflicts are civilians -- mostly women and children.

Regional conflicts around the globe provide the context for much of the abuse documented in the report.

Sudan's Darfur region is near the top of areas for particular concern.

"Darfur is a bleeding wound on world conscience," said its authors, adding that the UN Security Council "is hampered by distrust and double-dealing of its most powerful members."

Last year's war between Israel and Lebanon brought shame on the international community, with the United Nations taking "weeks ... to muster the will to call for a ceasefire" in a conflict which saw 1,200 civilians killed.

In Iraq "the worst practices of Saddam (Hussein)'s regime -- torture, unfair trials, capital punishment and rape with impunity -- remained very much alive" last year, it said.

Russia has seen "widespread" hate crimes against foreigners, while Roma suffer "rampant" exclusion around Europe "illustrating the blatant failure of leadership to combat racism and xenophobia."

Elsewhere the report condemned clampdowns on human rights defenders in China, Zimbabwe and Iran, "repression" in Egypt, and a "potential threat" to free speech in the form of new counter-terrorism laws in Britain.

Specifically, the report identified "an arc of instability" extending from the borders of Pakistan to the Horn of Africa, where armed groups were flexing their muscles.

"Unless governments address the grievances on which these groups feed, unless they provide effective leadership to bring these groups to account ... the prognosis for human rights is dire," said Kahn.

But the US-led "war on terror" provided an over-arching theme of the report's criticism.

"Five years after 9/11, new evidence came to light in 2006 of the way in which the US administration treated the world as one giant battlefield for its 'war on terror,'" said Kahn, singling out "extraordinary renditions" which also implicated countries including Italy, Pakistan, Germany and Kenya.

"Ill-conceived counter-terrorism strategies have done little to reduce the threat of violence or ensure justice for victims of terrorism but much to damage human rights and the rule of law globally," she added.

source:MiddleEast Online
In some ways she was far more acute than Winston, and far less susceptible to Party propaganda. Once when he happened in some connection to mention the war against Eurasia, she startled him by saying casually that in her opinion the war was not happening. The rocket bombs which fell daily on London were probably fired by the Government of Oceania itself, "just to keep the people frightened." -- George Orwell, 1984

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Aug 5 2007, 10:26 PM #3

Iran a helper, not a threat: Karzai ... ion=justin

Afghan President Hamid Karzai, a key US ally, contradicted US assessments of the threat posed by Iran and insisted in an interview that Tehran played a beneficial role in his region.

"So far, Iran has been a helper and a solution," Mr Karzai told CNN on the eve of a visit to the US to meet with President George W Bush for talks on the deteriorating security situation in Afghanistan.

"Iran has been a supporter of Afghanistan, in the peace process that we have and the fight against terror, and the fight against narcotics in Afghanistan," said Mr Karzai, who became president with US backing in 2002.