DelegateName: AzwadRahman Country Name: Brunei Darrussalam Topic Name: Humans Rights in the Fight Against Terrorism Committee: Social, Humanitarian, and Cultural The world is under great pressure from a growing threat under the broad word of “terror.” The global community sees this as a direct challenge to achieving world peace. The Counter Terrorism Committee (CTC) was organized by the United Nations to prevent acts of terrorism around the world. Although, the question remains, how much of a degree can we push someone for information, who has, according to the United Nations Security Council, “intended to cause death or serious bodily harm to civilians or noncombatants with the purpose of intimidating a population or compelling a government or an organization to do or abstain from doing any act” 1 Is it worth pulling away, or pushing away human rights The UN sees this as possible, “human rights can be limited or even pushed aside during times of national emergency- although the emergency must be actual, affect the whole population, and the threat must be to the very existence of the nations… [violations] must also be a last resort and temporary measure.” 2 The Brunei government has acted along with its allies of Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN), based on joint action (2003) 3 . The joint declaration which stated, “We stress the leading role of the UN in the fight against terrorism… [and] acknowledge that the fight against terrorism must be conducted in accordance with international obligations, the UN Charter and general norms of international law, including respect for human rights and humanitarian law.” 4 We feel that human rights are something to be upheld under any circumstances in order to keep peace. The U.S. had passed the Detainee Treatment Act to also define how detainees should be treated. In the case of Rasul v. Bush, the Supreme Court of the U.S. had decreed that detainees have the right to question the legality of a government’s treatment. 5 We believe that human rights are not something we can simply limit or not consider whatsoever; they are the rules that guide international policy. We believe that there should be a set of rules for dealing with terrorists apprehended by governments and it should similar to that of the Geneva Conventions. Human rights for detainees should be defined, and the “general norms” of human rights should be specified for these special 1 “UN Reform” Un Publications, April 4, 2007 2 United Nations, “The Resource Part II: Human Rights in Times of Emergencies”, http://www.un.org/esa/socdev/enable/comp210.htm#10.2. 3 ASEAN. "Joint Declaration on Co-Operation to Combating Terrorism." http://www.aseansec.org. N.p., 27-28 Jan. 2003. Web. 27 Oct. 2009. . 4 ASEAN. "Joint Declaration on Co-Operation to Combating Terrorism." http://www.aseansec.org. N.p., 27-28 Jan. 2003. Web. 27 Oct. 2009. . 5 OYEZ. "Rasul V. Bush U.S. Supreme Court Summary." http://www.oyez.org. N.p., n.d. Web. 1 Nov. 2009. .