Irish anti-terror laws may be a breach of human rights

Ireland’s new anti-terror laws, signed into law last week, carry a “significant risk” of breaching individual human rights, according to the Human Rights Commission, which also says the Terrorist Offences Act may be contrary to the European Convention of Human Rights.

Under the law, terrorist activity is defined as:
Seriously intimidating a population,
Unduly compelling a government or international organisation to perform or abstain from performing an act.
Seriously destabilising or destroying the fundamental political, constitutional, economic or social structures of a state or an international organisation.

The HRC believes the definition adopted is impermissibly wide and runs the risk of categorising groups opposing dictatorial or oppressive regimes, anti-globalisation, anti-war or environmental protestors, or even militant trade unionists, as terrorists.

Maybe this is the objective.

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