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A high-level panel of legal experts found that the western countries have actively undermined international law in the course of the 'war on terror.'

Three years ago the International commission of Jurists, a non-governmental agency based in Geneva, set up the panel to investigate human rights abuses after the 9/11 attacks.

They found that illegal practices like torture, invasion of privacy, rendition, and long-term detention without access to lawyers and courts, like in Guantanamo, had eroded human rights worldwide and encouraged other regimes to ignore those rights.

They called for the western countries, especially the US, to repeal the abusive laws and policies enacted over the last seven years, and asked the United Nations to take a lead in the process.

On Tuesday, Riz speaks with Mary Robinson, one of the panel's members. Robinson is the former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and former president of Ireland.

This episode of the Riz Khan show aired from Tuesday, February 17, 2009.

Source: Al Jazeera