UN rights expert wary of world body's handling of suspected terrorists
A U.N. human rights expert says the Security Council risks losing credibility as a law-abiding body if it does not change the way it imposes sanctions on suspected terrorists, the Associated Press reported.
Martin Scheinin, the U.N. independent investigator on human rights in the fight against terrorism, reported to the U.N. General Assembly on Wednesday that the Security Council's handling of alleged Taliban and al-Qaida operatives bears reforming. He cited a ruling last month by the European Union's highest court.
Scheinin said the Security Council should start providing more information about why it is proposing sanctions against suspected terrorists, so the accused can properly contest the charges. He recommended that the U.N. provide "a last phase" in its decision-making for independent review.