GENERAL ARTICLES ARTICLES GÉNÉRAUX BATTLING RIGHTS: INTERNATIONAL AFRICA'S WAR ON TERRORISM * LAW AND "Our best chance for a lasting victory against the terrorist threat is to stand firm in the defence of values terrorists are set to destroy."1 "Fighting terrorism is central to the human rights cause ... But the willingness to flout human rights to fight terrorism is not only illegal and wrong; it is counterproductive."2 I. Introduction Contemporary forms of terrorism3 seem to validate Kahn Freud's assertion that dark subconscious drives motivate men and women, that "both in healthy and in sick people psychical acts often occur which can be explained only by presupposing other acts, of which, nevertheless, consciousness affords no evidence."4 Terrorism is an evil that has inflicted unimaginable pain on mostly innocent civilians : LL.B. (Hons.), LL.M. (Univ. of Lagos); LL.D. Candidate (Univ. of South Africa); Associate Professor of Law & Director Center for Human Rights, Central European University (CEU), Budapest. Walter Schwimmer, Foreword, in The Fight against Terrorism: Council of Europe Standards 1 (Council of Europe, 2004) [hereinafter Council of Europe Standards]. Kenneth Roth, Introduction, World Report 2006, at 2 (Human Rights Watch, 2006) [hereinafter World Report 2006]. Some commentators trace
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