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OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights Human Rights and Anti-terrorism Programme

Assisting participating States to protect human rights while countering terrorism

1. Human Rights and Anti-Terrorism: OSCE Commitments While States have an obligation to take all due measures to protect their nationals and others against terrorist attacks and to bring the perpetrators to justice, it is imperative to ensure that anti-terrorism measures comply with OSCE commitments and obligations under international human rights law. Counter-terrorism measures need to comply with human rights standards to ensure that their implementation does not undermine their very purpose, which is to protect and maintain a democratic society. The respect and promotion of human rights are themselves among the most effective tools for preventing terrorism. As affirmed by the UN Security Council, the OSCE Bucharest Plan of Action for Combating Terrorism (2001) and the OSCE Charter on Preventing and Combating Terrorism (2002), responses to the threat of terrorism must not unlawfully infringe upon, damage or destroy the very standards, principles and values of human rights, rule of law

and pluralistic democracy. The OSCE’s comprehensive approach to security, which includes as its third pillar the human dimension, holds that security can only really be achieved within a pluralistic

democracy that ensures respect for human rights and the rule of law. The OSCE commitments related to the protection of human rights

UN To Monitor Polls on Election Day, At Request of Liberals

The right to vote in free and fair elections is an essential tenet of American democracy, protected by the Constitution and the rule of law. And this year, by the watchful eye of European observers, who will step off of planes on November 6 to watch Americans cast their ballots. All, of course, at the bidding of the world’s last, best hope: The United Nations.

Yes, you read that correctly: The UN, such an efficient and incorruptible beacon of freedom and fairness, wants to keep an eye on Americans as they vote this year. So, you know, irregularities don’t occur. To makes sure things run smoothly in a nation that has seen 230 uninterrupted years of peaceful, democratic voting.

This, of course, is the same UN that congratulated Iran’s Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on his 2009 re-election victory, turning a blind eye to the alleged fraud and irregularities that incited protests–and a crackdown that left 69 demonstrators dead. The same UN which declined to monitor this month’s election in Venezuela, which saw the increasingly dictatorial socialist Hugo Chavez elected to a fourth term. But the American election–now there’s a priority.

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