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K.G. Balakrishnan

In: Mumbai Post 26/11: An Alternate Perspective

Chapter 12: Terrorism, Rule of Law and Human Rights*

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Terrorism, Rule of Law and Human Rights*
Terrorism, rule of law and human rights

Adherence to the constitutional principle of ‘substantive due process’ must be an essential part of our collective response to terrorism. Any dilution of the right to a fair trial for all individuals, however heinous their crimes may be, will be a moral loss against those who preach hatred and violence.

From our recent experience, we have learnt that terrorist attacks against innocent and unsuspecting civilians threaten the preservation of the rule of law as well as human rights; and terrorism can broadly be identified with the use of violent methods in place of the ordinary tools of civic engagement and political participation. It has become an increasingly recurrent strategy for insurgent movements as ...

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