Anti-Terror Laws and Human Rights Protection in Australia
The concessions to human rights made in anti-terror laws are about as appropriate as “confetti at a funeral.” Human rights are under siege by counter-terrorism policies that have become one of the most prominent inventions for authorities to infringe human rights. To be more exact, terrorism is another justification to do whatever governmental organizations need necessary without considering the consequences of their actions and policies in terms of human rights, democratic principles and liberties, and national security. So, socio-cultural limitations experienced by people in terms of their cohesion being under siege can be considered the most significant demonstration of human rights infringement. Though human rights protection is developed in Australia, it is necessary to analyze the situation that shifted the priority from human rights and liberties to counter-terrorism measures and policies.
These policies were aimed at the protection of the Australian population against the terrorist threat and other events that could have occurred since the terrorist attack of September 11. Thus, these measures became even more advanced in Australia than in related countries that also fight vigorously against international threats, especially terrorist attacks, and other casualties. So, human rights are not of primary importance for the global community anymore because governments of the most influential countries have established a set of laws to protect national security and fight against terrorism though they are strongly opposed to human rights. The countries do not act independently while establishing anti-terror laws and policies that go beyond the concepts of liberal rights and freedoms.