Seminar on Human rights protection and the fight against terrorism
Strasbourg, 13-14 June 2005
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The question of how to make human rights the central issue in the fight against terrorism will be the theme of a seminar organised by the Council of Europe on 13 and 14 June in Strasbourg (Palais de l'Europe).

Terry Davis, the Organisation's Secretary General, opened the seminar and French Senator Robert Badinter, former French Justice Minister and President of the Constitutional Court, chaired the debates on Monday morning, with special participation by Javier Ruperez, Executive Director of the U.N. Security Council Counter-Terrorism Committee.

''The Council of Europe is ready to help our member countries and the international community as a whole, wherever we can, to protect Human Rights while fighting terrorism'' stated Terry Davis, Secretary General of the Organisation, at the opening of the seminar.

Discussions will continue in four workshops:
• Respect for human rights during the investigation and during detention
• The trial: Protecting the rights of persons under suspicion and the place of the victim
• The situation of aliens suspected of terrorist activities
• Protection of the victims of terrorist acts

The Committee of Ministers adopted on 3 May 2005 the Convention on the prevention of terrorism
The Convention

The Guidelines on human rights and the fight against terrorism
The Committee of Ministers adopted, in March 2005, the guidelines on the protection of victims of terrorist acts. This text is an extension of the Guidelines on human rights and the fight against terrorism, first international text in this field, adopted on 11 July 2002. (more...)

  for the press
The Monday morning and Tuesday morning sessions are open to the press.

Robert Badinter and Philippe Boillat, Chair of the Steering Committee for Human Rights (CDDH) and former Chair of the Group of Specialists on Human Rights and the Fight against Terrorism, will give a press conference on Monday 13 June a 2.30 pm (room 1).
  see also
Theme file ''Fight against terrorism''
  reference website
Council of Europe Legal affairs website