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United States: an anti-terrorism law contradicts international law

A new U.S. law extending the power of American soldiers in the fight against terrorism is contrary to international law and can have negative consequences, said the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

“In general, the law is not accurate and contains several references to enactments already in force. This can have negative consequences,” reads a statement of Russian diplomacy.

“Extending the power of the soldiers and allowing indefinite detention, Washington violates its commitments under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights adopted in 1966,” states the document.

Defenders of Human Rights are also hostile to the new law calling it “historical tragedy”.

In December 2011, U.S. President Barack Obama signed the law on financing of national security. The document expands the rights of the White House and the Pentagon in pursuing suspected terrorists and admits indefinite detention.

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