Human rights and counterterrorism have been dramatically politicized and undermined at the United Nations over the past 18 months. In a spate of recent resolutions, the 47-member Human Rights Council (HRC) in Geneva and the General Assembly in New York have both retreated markedly from many of the hard-won normative gains in their earlier resolutions after 9/11, following concerted lobbying by the likes of Egypt, Algeria and Saudi Arabia—regimes not known for respecting rights in counterterrorism.
Ben Saul is a visiting professor at Harvard Law School, Visiting Chair of Australian Studies at Harvard University and Challis Chair of International Law at the University of Sydney. He is also an associate fellow of Chatham House, London.
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