A large subtext of the "war on terror" has revolved around human rights. Americans have a right to live free from the fear of violence. Citizens of Afghanistan — especially women — are having their rights taken away by the brutal Taliban regime. But human rights organizations are concerned that the war on terrorism may create an environment where human rights are abused, not protected. With President Bush recommending terrorists be brought before the kind of military tribunals that the U.S. has railed against for years, and freedom fighters around the globe facing the prospect of being painted by the same broad terrorist brush as al Qaeda, how do human rights coexist with the war on terrorism?
Ken Roth, Executive Director of Human Rights Watch
Nina Bang-Jensen, Executive Director, Coalition for International Justice
This program aired on December 10, 2001.