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Anti-terrorist blacklists: Dick Marty welcomes British court ruling

Strasbourg, 28.01.2010 – Dick Marty (Switzerland, ALDE), rapporteur of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) on UN and EU anti-terrorist blacklists, has warmly welcomed this week’s ruling by Britain’s Supreme Court that the United Kingdom must not apply UN Security Council anti-terrorist sanctions where they violate basic human rights. Mr Marty said:

“I congratulate Britain’s recently-established Supreme Court for recognising, in one of its first judgments, that human rights take precedence over executive decisions founded on international law, including those originating from the United Nations Security Council. International law cannot be a round-about means of bypassing citizens’ most basic fundamental rights.”

“Pending a real reform of the Security Council's procedures to ensure greater respect for human rights, I can but hope that other national courts will follow the example of the British Supreme Court and the European Court of Justice, which last year issued similar rulings in cases concerning European Union blacklists. I also call on national parliaments to exert pressure on their governments, as the Swiss Senate has done, so that these international sanctions are applied in accordance with minimum standards of respect for fundamental rights.”