Torture in the discourse of combating terrorism[2001-2008]

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Khosa, Edgar
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The period 2001-2008 saw an increase in resources, devotion and time in efforts spent to combat terrorism and in an attempt to prevent the spread of it by extremists to other regions of the world. This was manifested in United Nations Resolutions aimed at combating terrorism and efforts by individual UN member states at national level through their legislatures enacting national laws aimed at combating terrorism. However, this did come without any negative consequences on the part of enjoyment of basic human rights. Torture has emerged as one of the grave human rights abuses closely corrected to efforts in combating terrorism. As such, it is absurd to create national laws which do not try to address the issue of torture within the discourse of efforts aimed at terrorism. In showing the nexus between efforts in combating terrorism and ensuing result of suspects being tortured, this paper takes a close analysis of the Anti-Terrorism, No. 21 of 2007. It is hoped that the flaws identified will be looked upon by our legislature so as to safeguard our citizenry from future abuse by persons so engaged in combating terrorism from within the country, the region and the international community at large.