Human rights and indefinite detention
31-03-2005 Article, International Review of the Red Cross, No. 857, by Alfred de Zayas
International human rights law abhors a legal black hole. It applies wherever a State exercises its jurisdiction, not only in peacetime but also during armed conflict, as a compliment to humanitarian law. The deprivation of liberty is subject to certain conditions, and even initially lawful detention becomes arbitrary and contrary to law if it is not subject to periodic review.
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