Article 3 says: "the following offences which are intentionally committed by an individual or a group against one or more countries, their institutions or people with the aim of intimidating them and seriously altering or destroying the political, economic or social structures of those countries will be punishable as terrorist offences." http://www.una-uk.org/archive/terrorism/terrorismhr.html
Terrorism is perhaps the greatest danger mankind is facing today and it has become an enemy of human rights. Refugees and asylum seekers somehow seem to be seething under a sense of ill use and some of the countries to which they belong are now considered to be the breeding grounds of terrorismi. Public protection, national security and individual rights are clashing in Acts made for facing terrorism. This might even result in detention or deportation of people who are rather remotely connected with terrorism, or their refugee status could be revoked on suspicion. But war against terrorism has attained an expansive nature and encompassed the entire universe.
David Blunkett, previous Home Secretary of UK, with good reasons, wanted the anti terror measures to be linked with combating illegal immigration, traffickers and granting of asylum. Most of the Western Governments and some of the Eastern nations like India, Nepal, and Srilanka are preoccupied with tackling terrorist activities.
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EU laws too cover UK laws and these laws over impose each other, and they should be able to create sufficient barrier against terrorism. But as we can see from recent events like London bombings, even though the laws might have prevented many crimes from erupting, they, predictably, failed to prevent the entire criminal plotting of terrorists from being executed.
Terrorism today is globalized and the anti-terrorism laws cross the boundaries of the states and are in the periphery of International Law. They are dangerously interacting with the Human Rights in the process. "Compromising human rights cannot serve the struggle against terrorism," said UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan (March 2005). http://news.amnesty.org/index/ENGEUR450502005
THE TERRORISM ACT 2000:
This act is considered to be the most important counter-terrorism legislation and contains tough counter-terrorism measures. It also changed the image of the police deeply rooted in popular mindsiii. As an answer to the growing international terrorism mainly in Northern Ireland, this Act came into being. Terrorist groups were proscribed according to this Act, bringing a control over various trouble making groups by branding the worst of them as illegal. Such outlawed groups found it difficult to operate from either United Kingdom, or from various parts of Ireland. Their money power too decreased drastically. As a result, international terrorist groups found it impossible to act without enough cash flow. Police powers were enhanced considerably like stop and search powers, detain suspects for up to 14 days without charging etc. even though magistrate's approval is necessary in periods of more than two days. New offences